Hotel Pearl City Kobe
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... who both seemed almost a little startled to see us standing there. After that initial pause, the barman gestured us to some seats, poured us some drinks and started up some initially awkward conversation. It became apparent that the other customer didn't speak any English and was so drunk that he couldn't really speak Japanese! Luckily, the barman was quite the character and was more than happy to keep the conversation going, asking us about ...
... of barbecued meat. But actually locating the hotel was tricky. As it turns out, we'd strolled right past it a few times! Inside it was lovely - our first Ryocan hotel with the woven bamboo mats on the floor, elegant shutters over the windows, as if there was another section of the room the other side, and two futon mattresses on the floor.
Osaka is really a place that comes to life in the evening when all the lights come ...
... then had a long walk to Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum in the Nada district. The friendly staff set us up with an excellent English DVD to explain process of Sake making, which consists of taking special white rice, steaming it then adding koji spores to convert the starch to sugar as well as yeast to convert the sugar to alcohol. This process happens in the same vat at the same time and is known as multiple parallel fermentation. Another set of steamed ...
... time we really felt like the images we see of Japan where they cram people into the subway cars. I'm not quite sure where all the people are the rest of the time because it sure seems like we aren't seeing enough people for all of the packed in buildings that are around. Once back to Kyoto, we hit a hole in the wall noodle shop that had gyoza (like potstickers) on sale for less than two bucks. The gyoza and fried rice were good. The ramen was ok. Off to ...
... comes into my head and I dismissed it immediately.
From the map, the whole area looks huge. I decide to skip the tour inside the castle. My knowledge of Japanese history is limited to the novel "shogun" a novel with some actual inspired events. anyway, I wanted to sit the canal cruise so , we had about two hours to walk the grounds.
The white castle is imposing with the green gardens and moat surrounding it. But the sky was not the brilliant blue. I am ...