Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel
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... 14.00 USD )to store it. From the displays, I had picked my restaurant.
I pushed through the flag-like short banners that screened the doorway of the restaurant. I held up one finger to indicate the size of my party. A bustling woman restaurant worker spoke to me in Japanese and pointed to my assigned single table. I picked up the menu, found the meal I had seen in the window, and pointed to it when the woman came to take my order. More Japanese, a nod, and ...
... Greek-towns, Little India's or even Little Italy's (although culture busters like Starbucks and McDonald's have managed to scale the walls). There is so little foreign engagement that most Japanese banks won't accept our ATM cards- they don't consider it worth the fees to process such a small number of transactions (even in Mongolia, I had more universal ATM access). And ATMs only operate during normal business hours- what's up with that? Self-imposed isolation ...
I'm currently sitting on a boat from Shanghai to Osaka,
Japan. I left yesterday (Tuesday) and
will arrive in Osaka tomorrow (Thursday).
The trip started out great with the boat heading down the river towards
the ocean. This provides great views of
the industry that lines the river through the city of Shanghai (see
pictures!). We made it to the delta and
then the open ocean where I discovered that I do get ...
... poems, "The Ladder of Saint Augustine" and "A Psalm of Life" both by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (They are truly worth a read if you haven't before. And if you have, why not enjoy a re-read? You can find them at these links http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/17 3902 and http://www.potw.org/archive/potw232.htm l).
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us ...
... almost like they are treating the item you are buying with dignity – its incredible to watch – they don’t just chuck it in a packet or a box, their hand movements are so precise, almost theatrical. We didn’t buy anything, just walked around with our mouths open checking out all the displays – it spanned over two entire floors of a street block – absolutely huge couldn’t really describe the size of it!
Bill had a look ...