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... of people came to worship or pray while we are there so we witnessed the practice that Sake had described to us during our morning tour. That's was pretty awesome. From here we head to the harbour and Meriken Park to the Kobe Port Tower and further along to the Kobe Earthquake Memorial Park. This is an interesting spot as there is a narrated account of the earthquake and extent of the damage and the subsequent repair work. There is still at this site a ...
... us to show at the gate of our destination. In any case,
we made it to Shin Osaka in record time and tried to get our bearings
for the 10 minute walk to the hotel. This proved more difficult than
expected because Shin Osaka station is absolutely huge. We ended up
walking from end to end, getting differing directions from
information offices and locals. This was made all the more fun by the
fact that I was navigating a 2 meter, 32 kg ski bag around a ...
... we were good, didn't take to long to find it. It is hidden inside the main attraction, Shin Sai Bashi -Suji.
Lots of food and actions in Shin Sai Bashi, a big area with tons of restaurents and different kind of shops. Fun place to visit.
... as Buddha's nose and they say if you can fit through it then you are an enlightened one. There were so many school children there on field trips that standing in line would have taken forever so we moved on. We got more prayer drawings for our prayer book and then made our way to the temple on the top of the hill. We got yet another prayer drawing right before they closed and then admired the view. It was so beautiful and the city spread so far out. It was nice ...
... of their eating experience.
While walking back
to the train platform, I made a hand gesture allowing a Japanese woman to board
the crowded escalator ahead of me. She
smiled and said something to me in English.
Victor jumped in and spoke Japanese while she spoke English. As it turns out, she is married to a man from
St, Louis, Missouri (my home town) and had been there many times. Go figure.