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... to prepare for our next big adventure in China! We were in Kobe yesterday and I must say that I wasn't blown away with it. I should mention that we may not have given it a fair shot as I was exhausted and it was raining but I still didn't feel like it was all that impressive. Sadly part of that had to do with the fact that Kobe was devasted by an earthquake approximately 10 years so the city hasn't exactly bounced back yet. It was the ...
... and off to the Golden Pavilion.
On our way we got lost again trying to take a short cut but found some nice shrines and gardens to go with them. Lots of school kids though so out of there pretty quickly. The pavilion is quite something to look at, although it is just gold leaf and not solid gold, but the gardens are not as big as we originally thought.
After the big trek we thought we should catch the bus back as time ...
... to see Shitennoji Temple. The temple was supposed to be a short walk from the station but due to getting lost in the nearby park it took a bit longer to get there than I expected (I had to ask for directions a few times).
When I did finally reach the temple, I thought it was pretty impressive with a huge pagoda in the inner compound. This temple was also eerily quiet with only the occasional sound of religious chanting to break the silence. In ...
... find us well ingrained in our new routines, in a new life, but now it's hard to imagine them.
One recent weekend we spent roaming Osaka Castel and Shitennoji Shrine. They're local attractions but we'd never found the time to get there before.
In early February Jack had a birthday, and we celebrated with friends in our apartment. (I attempted a carrot cake in the rice cooker.) Taking advantage of the short time we have ...
... poster session!
After the conference we planned to go to Arima, a nearby onsen (hot spring) town. But the next half an hour turned out to be the most frustrating experience in Japan so far! We walked to the bus station, but there was no ticket counters or a map of all routes. So, after some running around the bus station, we asked a nearby travel agency for directions. They pointed us to ...