HarborLand, Kobe, Japan

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Our first time to go here, One of my japanese friend invited us here.

Facing Kobe bay, the commercial complex of shopping mall, restaurants, cinemas and other amusement facilities, hotels and wedding center Kobe Harborland is truely a pearl lying on the edge of land, shining dazzlingly over a large space of waterfront at night. In fact, the complex originated in the former site of the Japanese National Railways Minatogawa Kamotsu Station. Kobe General Children’s Center was the very first facility appearing at Harborland. The year 1990 remarked several important events held in Kobe Harborland including the first gas lamp lighting event at Kobe Gaslight street, the opening of Kobe Harborland General Information Center, Kobe city General Education Center and the Brick Warehouse restaurants. After the construction of Harborland Event Square Hanekko Hiroba and the pedestrian bridge Hanekko was completed in 1991, Kobe Harborland was officially opened as a town, a veritable cultural hub linking the land and sea in such a active and modern commercial complex, leading to the open of a series of important facilities including of Hotel New Otani, Kobe Seibu Department store, Duo Kobe, Augusta Plaza, Hankyu Department Store and Mosaic.

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From our house to this place, it took us 1 1/2 hours. And, our kids happy to have long trip they are watching their favorite cartoons Totoro and Doraemon.

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Look at the view is so gorgeous, and the big cruise in the other side of the port. We go early ’cause we know that it will be traffic because it was Golden Week Holiday.

Mosaic and Canal Garden are two largest shopping complexes located in Harborland. While Mosaic takes advantage of lying along the waterfront, holding aloft the signboard outstanding from the distance and featuring a complex of boutiques and restaurants, Canal Garden owns the Hankyu Department store, Sofmap electronics tore and sports store. The brick warehousescreate an outstanding construction in the middle of Kobe Harborland by the impressive classical architecture. The houses used to be used to store cargo from ships around the port before becoming home of several restaurants. An other remarkable construction, Hanekko pedestrian bridge comes over the little stream by the event square Hanekko Hiroba. Hanekko is the pioneer in applying the European style in construction which wings can be lifted up to allow ships to pass. The bridge will be extremely splendid at night by the illumination of about 1700 light bulbs.

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A happy kid because we go inside the shops of the Anpanman Museum but not the Museum itself. Because we are early so, we had time to stroll around the vicinity.

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Here’s the main reason we went here to eat Brazilian Food. It was “meat all you eat”. It was terrific and delicious food. The name of the restaurant is Brasiliano, nice place the staff are from Brazil but they can converse in Japanese. I just love the beans and the sauce on it and i don’t know what does it called, but great food. Very friendly Staff even though it was so, many people they can still manage not to let the customer waited too long.

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We had time to ask the staff to take us pictures. Then, we stroll outside to look the scenery. The big cruise at the opposite side was already sail away. I told to my husband once He had long vacation we should try to do Cruise Trip. Well, put in the family bucket list.

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A great thing we went to the side of the Mall, we had time to go the Kawasaki and Marine Museum. Kids enjoy it so much. Of course Kawasaki is all about motors, history and different kinds of motors from small to big one.

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While, the other kids are still enjoying the Kawasaki Museum, we went to the Marine and take pictures with my little princess. Different ships, boats anything in the water transport.

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We just recently watch this in the TV. The Time Capsule, 1987 – 2017 – But, they didn’t show what’s inside the capsule.

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While walking, we saw this man doing some balloon art. Then, my girl she don’t want to go until she requested to make anpanman balloon. So, cute right.

Anpanman (アンパンマン?) is a Japanese picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, running from 1973 until the creator died in 2013. The series has been adapted into an anime entitled Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン?, Let’s Go! Anpanman), which is one of the most popular anime series among young children in Japan. The series follows the adventures of Anpanman, a superhero with an anpan (a bean-jam filled pastry) for a head, who protects the world from an evil anthropomorphic germ named Baikinman.

Heavily merchandised, the Anpanman characters appear on virtually every imaginable children’s product in Japan, ranging from clothes[1] to video games to toys to snack foods.

Well, there’s a lot of character in Anpanman Cartoons. Babies or Toddlers love this Anpanman cartoon. Just check this link here.

 

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The Farmer’s Kitchen

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This place so awesome, the restaurant in the middle of nowwhere just kidding middle of the fields.

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This was inside their Toilet wall decor. I wanted to do this also. Soon! if we own the house because we are just renting it, I mean the company of my husband renting it for us. We are not allowed to make holes in the wall.

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Their food is tasty and healthy. Oh, the salad is to die for. I love the dressing of it. The pasta is just so-so. The pizza was delicious as well. I will definitely go back here because of the Salad.

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Kids here will also enjoy, there is a place to play while waiting for the turn to seat and also after lunch time to play for kids. Interesting concepts.

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What’s good about this place was they sell garden materials, tools, plants, herbs and flowers. They’re so beautiful, especially those flowers, colorful and vibrant. I want them all but we don’t have the garden yet.

My own verdict: The price is expensive, but I think is worth it because it’s their own grown vegetables and healthy. (4 star) Recommended to try. Here’s there website: The Farmer

Open 10: 00-18: 00 (except the schedule below)

〒568-0095 Osaka prefecture Ibaraki-shi Saho 194-4 Google Maps

Tel / fax: 072-649-1001

Kitchen@the-farm.jp

Reservations are not accepted due to order system.

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Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan

We do really enjoy coming back here, especially when spring time or let say cherry blossoms sightseeing. But, sad to say we are too early so, we didn’t see any cherry blossoms in the street (few only) and in the mountain.

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We just took a train going Arashiyama, Kyoto for about 1hr & 15mins. And, we decided to eat first from the stall we walk by.

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This is the only cherry blossom we saw

Arashiyama (嵐山 Storm Mountain) is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River, which forms a backdrop to the district. Arashiyama is a nationally designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty.

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Look our little princess, she so cute. Even the tourist in the street they took a pictures of her. And, she’s not shy to smile in the stranger camera.

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our friends also tried the japanese traditional dress which is “Kimono”

The kimono (着物, きもの) is a Japanese traditional garment. The word “kimono”, which actually means a “thing to wear” (ki “wear” and mono “thing”),[2] has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also sometimes used. The kimono is always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing.

Kimono has T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial)andsecured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).

Today, kimono are most often worn by women and on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono on a daily basis. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.

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I loved their store here, old and vintage.

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Bamboo Groove

Notable tourist sites

  • The Iwatayama Monkey Park on the slopes of Arashiyama. Over 170 monkeys live at the park. While the monkeys are wild, they have become accustomed to humans. The park is on a small mountain not far from the Saga-Arashiyama rail station. Visitors can approach and photograph the monkeys. At the summit is a fenced enclosure where visitors can feed the monkeys.
  • The “Moon Crossing Bridge” (渡月橋, Togetsukyō), notable for its views of cherry blossoms and autumn colors on the slopes of Arashiyama.
  • The tombstone of the Heike courtesan Kogo of Sagano.
  • Tenryū-ji, the main temple of one of the 15 branches of the Rinzai school, one of the two main sects of Zen Buddhism in Japan.
  • The hamlet of Kiyotaki, a small scenic village at the base of Mt. Atago, the home to a notable Shinto shrine.
  • Matsunoo-taisha, a shrine half a mile south of the area, is home to a blessed spring. It is one of the oldest shrines in the Kyoto area, founded in 700. The alleged restorative properties of the spring bring many local sake and miso companies for prayers that their product will be blessed.
  • Kameyama koen has a stone commemorating Zhou Enlai‘s visit to Arashiyama. He was moved by the cherry blossoms and mountain greenery. The four poems he wrote about his visit are engraved on a stone monument: “Arashiyama in the Rain.”
  • Ōkōchi Sansō, the Japanese-style home and gardens of the film actor Denjirō Ōkōchi.
  • Cherry trees bloom in spring and leaves turns red in autumn.

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Our first time to try this Owl’s Forest. Stumbled upon this place while walking through a the train station and we saw this sign Cats Cafe and Owl Forest. Unfortunately, the Cat’s Cafe is closed. Worth it to go here in Owl Forest so fluffy and so cute. There were about 10 different cute fluffy owls that you can pet! They even had owls that looked like the ones from Harry Potter!

We do really enjoy going here because we didn’t have decent lunc,so we decided to eat in Kin no Buta (shabu-shabu)

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Eat-All-You-Can Pork and reasonable price

But of course, I also took a video check below.

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Friends Arrived

Before the end of the month (March) our friends visited us here in Japan. As usual, we have to show them the place and teach them also how to go to where they want to go. But, they arrived in different date as well :(. Anyway, if we have time we will show them around. Basically, kids still in vacation school will start on the 2nd week of April. Busiest mother, I am, as my little princess will be in school and I have to send her and pick her up everyday.Because the school bus is not in the route to our house. They say is still near to do service bus. Alright, let’s stop here. I’ll be posting that thing in different date. Let’s get started.

One of our friends went to Narra, which we cannot able to join her. She met her long distance neighborhood in the Philippines long time ago.But, now they are staying in Nara, south area. Then, the next day one of our friends will come. Evening, we had time to eat in our one of our favorite ramen restaurant near by.

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The next day, we planned to go Banpakoen (Banpako Park) to see the cherry blossoms. But, the weather didn’t cooperate at all. Raining all day so, we ended to go inside the Mall (Lalaport Expo City) and stroll around.

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I already had a video as well. Check below.

 

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Osaka Castle, Japan

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Every time, we have visitors, they intend to check this castle one of the tourist spots in Osaka. Fascinating, as they still maintain the look of this castle. But, to think I didn’t have a chance to go inside because the line is so long take our time. Anyway, outside is a better view and see the rock fence beside it and those trees (Cherry Blossom) but, sad to say the flower of the cherry blossom are not blooming yet, too early.

Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城,Ōsaka-jō?) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.

History

In 1583 Toyotomi Hideyoshi commenced construction on the site of the Ikkō-ikki temple of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The basic plan was modeled after Azuchi Castle, the headquarters of Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi wanted to build a castle that mirrored Oda’s, but surpassed it in every way: the plan featured a five-story main tower, with three extra stories underground, and gold leaf on the sides of the tower to impress visitors. In 1585 the Inner donjon was completed. Toyotomi continued to extend and expand the castle, making it more and more formidable to attackers. In 1597 construction was completed and Hideyoshi died. Osaka Castle passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
In 1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated his opponents at the Battle of Sekigahara, and started his own bakufu (i.e., shogunate) in Edo. In 1614 Tokugawa attacked Toyotomi in the winter, starting the Siege of Osaka.[4] Although the Toyotomi forces were outnumbered approximately two to one, they managed to fight off Tokugawa’s 200,000-man army and protect the castle’s outer walls. Ieyasu had the castle’s outer moat filled, negating one of the castle’s main outer defenses.
During the summer of 1615, Hideyori began to restore the outer moat. Tokugawa, in outrage, sent his armies to Osaka Castle again, and routed the Toyotomi men inside the outer walls on June 4. Osaka Castle fell to Tokugawa, and the Toyotomi clan perished.
In 1620, the new heir to the shogunate, Tokugawa Hidetada, began to reconstruct and re-arm Osaka Castle. He built a new elevated main tower, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and assigned the task of constructing new walls to individual samurai clans. The walls built in the 1620s still stand today, and are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who contributed them.
In 1660, lightning ignited the gunpowder warehouse and the resulting explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the main tower. In 1843, after decades of neglect, the castle got much-needed repairs when the bakufu collected money from the people of the region to rebuild several of the turrets.
In 1868, Osaka Castle fell and was surrendered to anti-bakufu imperial loyalists. Much of the castle was burned in the civil conflicts surrounding the Meiji Restoration.
Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition, and explosives for Japan’s rapidly expanding Western-style military.[5]
In 1928, the main tower was restored after the mayor of Osaka concluded a highly successful fund-raising drive.
During World War II, the arsenal became one of the largest military armories, employing 60,000 workers.[5] Bombing raids targeting the arsenal damaged the reconstructed main castle tower and, on August 14, 1945, destroyed 90% of the arsenal and killed 382 people working there.
In 1995, Osaka’s government approved yet another restoration project, with the intent of restoring the main tower to its Edo-era splendor. In 1997, restoration was completed. The castle is a concrete reproduction (including elevators) of the original and the interior is intended as a modern, functioning museum.

We got our friend to take us the pictures, ’cause every time our family will go here I don’t have my decent picture unless I will take a selfie.
I had a chance to take video with my daughter with her new playmates. Please check below.

 

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Kidzania, Kobe, Japan

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Our first time to go here and we didn’t know that we need to reserve before we go inside. At first, we didn’t know luckily the Kidzania beside it was a mall (Lalaport) so, we just look around and kids play in the mini park for awhile. Well, my husband need to reserve slot on Monday and Monday is a holiday so good. But, we had a reservation on the 2nd shift (4pm-9pm) the 1st shift was (9am-3pm) but they can still stay there until they like.

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This is their first job in the Printing Press. Not so lucky we didn’t get a slot to Sushi Restaurant, Pizza, Ambulance and Fire Fighter job. Maybe next time we need to get the first shift.

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And he just wanted to be policeman in a real life as well, luckily still have slot to do this job.

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Soft Ice Cream for my little princess, in real life she loves ice cream so much.

They exprience to do the Cabin Attendant (daughter) and Pilot (son).

And their favorite job they like both of them in the Train. My daughter as a train driver and my son as an attendant/announcer.

My kids, really hada great time here in this place, but we have short time to explore more. It’s educating and know what they want when they get old. But, of course my little princess we still don’t know. Their’s a lot of things to do here. Maybe next time we I‘ll post again for more job they applied.

I uploaded video from my channel in youtube kindly check below:

 

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Shirahama Energy Land

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This is our first time to go here. It just in front of the Shirahama Beach. At first, looks like it was just boring place, but when you get inside all the rooms it’s getting amazed.

Map&Fee Energy Land

Map Gallery

It just a small area but every corner is brilliant ideas.

Trick room

This is the Trick Art House, kids got lots of fun. Then, after we went to the Mystery Zone we got dizzy because of the structure of the house in sideways. Below I posted video in my youtube channel.

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