We arrived in Kobe to a Marching Band.
Since it was Shabbat we took the shuttle in and just walked around. We couldn’t buy anything even if I wanted to, so we just took pictures.
The shuttle took us to the entrance to Kobe’s Chinatown, so we walked through it. Since it was Saturday it was very lively with tons of people and fantastic smells of food being prepared. So this post is dedicated to my daughter, Kelly, who loves food but looks like a million bucks and can eat whatever she wants, so this post will be full of FOOD!
Kobe’s Chinatown is much smaller than Yokohama’s. The black car is a taxi and it is spotless; the driver drives with white gloves and wears a suit.
Before I get to the food, I want to show you guys some of the things that they sell. I am not sure if this is Jade or not, but the carving is amazing.
We saw a Kimono shop, and the fabric was completely covered in embroidery. The color of one of the kimonos is GOLD, and I don’t know how much of the real color comes out on the close-up photo I am posting.
Then we kept seeing people sitting and drawing with charcoals or watercolors. One man said that the other was his teacher, and so he showed us some of his work.
Now to the food. First, the plastic food that is used to display what each restaurant serves.
Remember that NONE OF THE ABOVE is real food; it’s all PLASTIC for display purposes.
Now for the REAL food, doesn’t it look amazing???? Steam buns and dim sum is what was all around.
Pineapples, Cantaloupe, Honeydew, Strawberries, the biggest grapes I have ever seen, dragon fruit and mango. The prices for each type of fruit are posted above and below the fruits in yen. US $1.00 = 78 yen. So here 3 grapes are close to US $3. Whole cantaloupes are given in Japan as gifts and sell in the markets for as much as $60 each ! ! !
Peking Duck sandwiches
We came across a restaurant preparing their dim sum and asked if we could take pics of them, thankfully they said yes.
Right near Chinatown is a pedestrian mall, and there was a bakery that sells cakes that are made on the machine below. The cakes are called “Baumkuchen” which means tree cakes, they are layer upon layer of cake batter and then then smothered in a sugar glaze. Supposedly this machine was brought over from Germany and even though you can barely find it in Europe today it is very popular here in Kobe. Kelly, have you ever seen this in Germany???
and the Japanese version of a sandwich with a side salad and fruit.
and dessert on the ship when we got back.. Hopefully, we will be able to get back on the street and eat some of that gorgeous dim sum tomorrow.
The pier as we left:
Say Good-Night Kobe
Next stop: NAGASAKI – the site of the 1945 Atomic Bomb blast, that ended WW2 in Japan.