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Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Kakak in Japan (Pt 4, 31 Oct)

Kobe city

After the lunch, we decided to go to Kobe Kitano Ijikan (神戸北野異人館) first. The word Ijin actually means Foreign People, and Kan means House. So, in this place, u can see a lot of overseas-style houses. This is becoz Kobe is an old port city in Japan and has been an open port since 1867. Many foreigners lived in Kobe from 1873. And Kitano started to have foreign residents from 1887.
Nowadays, most of these Overseas Embassies remainded the old ways there were, and are opened to public for sightseeing purposes. Well, I'm not goin to touch about the house there one by one, as many info bout these would be easily found on the internet. Fish Fish will try to introduce to u this place from her fish eyes' view. :P

I hv been to this place a few times, but I never know this place hv a mosque. It was Angel that told me bout this. She said in Kobe, there are a lot of Muslims. She led us to the mosque. On the way, I saw a 'Halal' grocery. Wao! Could hardly find this in Kyoto. Or maybe I dun know? Found this Japan-Bangla Net. Got info telling u where to get a Halal store in Japan. But not all listed I guess.

Then, we past thru a nice hotel. Kobe Kitano Hotel. Very Western style. Must be not cheap. I saw one young lady busy taking photos from this corner. After she gone, fish fish did some copycat. Phew! Nice corner. Hee... thanks for inspiring me that. :P

Finally we reached the Kobe Mosque. U can find the other mosques in Japan from here. Angel told me, when the Hanshin Daishinsai (阪神大震災)(The Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake) happened, this mosque was not affected at all. Hmm... me and Angel got the same conclusion...

After the mosque, we went to the Kitano Ijinkan street. Kakak was busy looking for her souvenir in one of the shop along the street, whereas I'm busy with this cute statue outside the shop. :P

Ok, this caught my Kakak eyesight.

"Me want him, take his pic quick!! He's so handsome!" Err~~ Kakak suddenly got so excited when she saw this tall and good looking bridegroom (in grey suit).

Click! I push on my camera button. But didn't dare to take too near. So blur. Ai yar~ this Kakak, owez asked me to take all the guys' pic.

"Ai yor~ my mata (eyes) too busy~ All the guys are so good looking!" Yes, Kakak was so busy when taking train, walking, waiting, lining up, even eating time... Her eyes too busy to get off from any of those guys.

"Ha!! Must tell San Ba Min Yin... Anita... and all my collik liao... Let them very Xian Mu (envy) me..." She started to daydreaming liao.

Err~~ it made me blushed sometimes when she just keep looking at them. *Sigh!* If only her bf sees this.

Heee... I laughed so hard when I was reading www.xes.cx as he was saying 10 Pretty Gals/Min in Tokyo in his review about Trip in Tokyo. Luckily my Kakak didn't say to me, hey... 10 cute guys/min in Kyoto. But my Kakak said if Kyoto vs Tokyo gals, she thinks Kyoto gals look prettier wor. Hmmm... fish fish... no comment. All got 2 eyes, 1 nose and 1 mouth.

This was another scene where the Kitano attracted my Kakak. The wedding place. Yap, another thing why this place is famous among the Japanese is because a wedding style tat is different from the traditional Japanese style. For the Japanese, u dun hv to be a Christian to hv the wedding ceremony be done in church. The marriage in church more like a popular style, or something fashionable.

Poor Kakak... she has been climbing uphill and downhill so much today. She kept complaining me ill-treated her for letting her walked so much. :P Yoku ganbattana~ Kakak... There's no way u will able to go in Japan if u dun walk a lot.

Left: Angel. Right: Kakak with her tired look.

She was so relief when we started to walk downhill. Ok, it was kind of chilly for me... but Kakak feel like to hv something cold. She saw this Goma Aisu (胡麻アイス)(Sesama Ice Cream). So, bought one. Yap, it was nice. Creamy milky with a sense of nice black sesame fragrance. I had one bite and let her finished the rest.

Heee.. i like this pic above. Notice or not my Kakak's hand turned into kind of a spooky. Floating hand with a big black ice cream~~ in the middle of dark dark nite.... Wooooo~~~~ :P

We past thru a restaurant. Western food I think. Didn't notice much. But thought this model bike in front of the shop was really cute. Blue~ Kind of difficult to connect it with 'food'.

We then said bye bye to Angel that evening, as she was goin to meet her HK's buddy for shopping. Thanks for the nice companion. It was a great time for Kakak. She kept saying 'Angel's cute'. Hee...

I then brought my Kakak to China Town in Kobe called Nanking Machi (南京町). Ok, it's a China town. With a lot of Chinese foods, groceries and clothes. But it didn't attract my sister much. She's not coming for Chinese stuffs in Japan. So, within 15 min, we finished the whole place.

We then went to our final destination in Kobe. Kobe Harborland (神戸ハーバーランド). Kakak asked me to take a few pics for her in Kobe Port Tower area. I like this tower, it looks very shiny at nite.

I tried to play with my camera. Took 2 panaromic pics. This one is the harbour view at nite. If u see clearly, I didn't do any editting for cutting off the unwanted part.

And this one is a panaromic pic of sis in 3 shots. Combined them into one. :P Heee... The original size very HUGE!!

Ok, tat's all for today. Tomolo will talk bout dinner in Kobe~~ ;)


At 7:00 AM, Blogger obachan said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! Natsukashiiiiiiiiii….!!!
Esp. KOBE GROCERS!! I’ve been there many many times. My favorite store. Before Sanjirushi opened in Sannomiya, I went to Kobe Grocers at least once a month. I remember how it was to go uphill to the Ijin-kan. My legs hurt for a couple of days after visiting there. You’re such a nice sister taking your kakak to nice places.

At 7:15 AM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, when kakak come to So. Cal, she'll want to visit the strip joint "Men of Hollywood". ( no, I've never been there but saw them at L.A. Porn Convention's booth). Wah, kakak also have the "gold digging" nail on her Pinky finger. I used to have those during my Kuching Ah Beng days, can shoot boogers with a flick. Nice Motorcycle, just like Blackwidow's Yamaha Virago 250.

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey fish fish, thanks for the picturesque tour of Kobe. Didn't know there was such beautiful European-style architecture there. Great photos, as usual. :)


At 9:50 AM, Blogger ting-aling said...

fish fish, still no picture?? I really have fun reading your stories..

At 7:15 PM, Blogger pinkcocoa said...

Your kakak's cute guys spotting technique is really good. hehe. My friend is the opposite. She goes and spot pretty gals and then asked us to secretly snap pics of the gals. aiya. so embarrassing at times. :p but fun too! hehe

I like goma aisu! One of my favourite ice-cream beside greentea :-)

At 10:14 PM, Blogger fish fish said...

Obachan: Wow! You know Kobe well. Fish Fish know nothing much bout Kobe, but I like this city. Different feeling from the ancient Kyoto and the skyscraping Osaka. Well, this was her 1st time to Japan, was thinking of giving her a good memory. :) My only Kakak mar~

cooknengr: Heee... the 'gold' digging finger. Cool~ I'll sure tell my Kakak 'Ah Lian' bout this. :P She told me tat is an important thing if one's want to Fa Chai wor. Ceh! Hey, I thought u said u from Sarikei or Sibu, how come u oso study in Kuching? Which school? I like tat bike too. Blackwidow got one ar~ *Envy* Fish Fish dun even know how to ride a bike. :(

julia: Thanks. Kobe is a very beautiful city. Something like 'I'm outside Japan'. If u like western sweets, u must come to Kobe one day... the serve very yummy desserts and cakes. ;) Aren't Kobe people lucky? For Japanese sweet, definitely Kyoto. :P

ting-aling: Er~ not so fast wor. But promise u in 1 year time. ok? ;) Thanks for like the stories. Heee... u hv to thank my funny Kakak for that. She inspired me with these writing materials.

Pinkcocoa: U know wat? I think we will be able to become good eating partners. Maccha and Goma Aisu oso on top of Fish Fish's list! :P Hey... show me those pretty gals u hv taken. Want to see those sexy Aussie gals. ;) Japanese gals more like 'cute' and 'sweet', but not much to 'sexy'.

At 7:27 AM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, off track comment: we all grew up in Kuching, Chap Kee to be exact, you know typical Sua Teng Ka, studied in 10th mile Chung Hua, then SMK Penrissen Lakia School then GRSS to goof off for one year of Lower six, before I left. Dad's home town is Sarikei and they retired there, but now mom live in Kuching. So really I am not from Sibu/Sarikei, but I do have Foochow, the loud "Kaliew Kaliew" blood in me.

At 11:21 PM, Blogger fish fish said...

cooknengr: Ah~ ic. No wonder u seem to be very familiar with Kuching. Of course I know Chap Kee... my brother's tuition school is there. I think a lot of his students are from that area. Well, I was in SRB 4 1/2 miles, then SMK Batu Lintang, then SMB St Joseph. Dad's from Kuching, mum's from Serian.

Heee... I dunno how to speak Foo Chow, the language is too difficult for me to understand. But I do know the word Ka Liew. :P

Btw, which area in Kuching is ur home? Mine in Batu Kawa.

At 12:54 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, we bought new house in Kch June this year, don't know where it is..somewhere by Ever-rise/ F&N factory 4 1/2 mile area I think, I only have the mailing addr. Will let you know later for the big party, you have to pick out all hte nice, plumb shrimps, caramelized bacon, Alligators....

You got ticket home ? Kali kali we are on the same flight home, I am transiting Narita. Aiyah, I hate the turbulance before landing Narita, I prefer transit TW.

Your mom from Serian, so kong kak boi ah ? That's my best dialect, Being the 2 only Foochow in Chap Kee I speak fleunt Hakka since Primary school. In fact, I did not learnt Foochow untill I was here in the US living with Foochow's from Sitiauwang Ipoh.

Hakka was the language between me and Grace, so mom and dad did not know what we were up to, but then we everyday "tiaw this, tiaw that" one day, nosy neighbor told mom what tiaw means, ngai tiaw, mom fed us chilli for saying stinky word :0

At 9:15 PM, Blogger SiaoChaBoa said...

Hey.. Fish fish.. :)
Yer write up bring back some good memories..:) I was at Kobe Convention Port Island ... :)
I love Kobe Portpia land at Rokko Island. I also like the planetarium alot. My chief engineer didn't wanna leave.. wanna try everything.. terrible.. terrible..!!hehehe!!! The sesame ice cream looked yummy..!! No sesame ice cream here though.. :(

At 12:28 AM, Blogger fish fish said...

cooknengr: *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* War~ Da Ge... er~~ the Kak Boi that u r using... er~~ U know, fish fish dun use all these terms for my Kak Boi though some frens around me use. It has been really a long time I didn't hear this oledi... Oso the hokkien's one. Foochow got or not? Hey, ur new house kind of near to my house actually, 10min by car can reach. Can, give me the add next time. Ur guys can come to my house for CNY too... :) Me not goin back from Narita, too far... I'm goin back from Kansai Airport. Not yet buy ticket, u goin back when?

Mrs Tweety: Hee... U really do travelling a lot huh... :) Yap, Kobe's a nice place.

At 7:17 AM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish, Foochow got the same word. it "Sar". Foochow don't use "媽" instead uses "娘", sometime Focchow get really mad then they go "X 你 爸" very different from other dialects. Oh, Sibu people don't like Hakka people buying Kerosene in Sibu, because Hakkka always want to buy "泥 油 " instead of "土 油 or "洋 油". May be Sixthseal can explain better, I am not too good in Foochow.

Oh, I am going back Feb03, reach Kuching the 5th, then CNY, then party on the Saturday. Can't wait, it's been almost 20 years since last CNY. Must have Fire crackers. Spend 2-3 weeks then go to TW, probably use your travel journal for guide, will drive from Taipei to Kaushiong. Will take more picture of the PNXS. Hey, got ticket to see Jay Chao this week lah, siok or not ? I am not a fan, just want to see how Chinak concert is like.

At 5:25 PM, Blogger fish fish said...

Ee~ Da Ge, most probably I'll reach Kch on the same day. U reach morning, afternoon or evening in KLIA? Let me know ur flight? See if I can take the same flight as urs n D or not. But even if I go back tat day, it will be nite flight as I'll only reach KLIA evening time.

Jay Chow... heee... I'm not into him so much. I prefer David Tao music better. His music shioks me more. Anyway, u hv a good time there ar~ Show me the pics then. ;)

At 9:57 PM, Blogger cooknengr said...

Hey Fish Fish

Feb 5: SQ 0011 Narita-SG
Feb 5: SQ 0102 SG-KL
Feb 5: MH 2610 KL-KCH

If we meet KLIA, nice lah, can eat, eat, eat till departing time, then eat some more on the plane, wah, sambal, Ikan bilis, rice with timun...Start dieting now.


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