The Land of the Rising Sun has changed into the Land of the Weeping Clouds for today, because it has been raining all day since yesterday-evening. So no adventurous mountain-hiking, temple-hopping or garden-viewing today. Instead I decided for the one remaining sensible thing to do on a rainy monday like today, where all musea are closed (leaving out a few other possibilities that require a large fire, a bottle of single-malt whiskey and / or a pretty lady) and went…..shopping!
Shopping? SHOPPING?!? Yes, it’s still me, Ad, the world’s greatest shopping-fan (doh)! See: I can do weird things! Like going shopping….
Since I haven’t visited Kobe yet, I decided to go there and check out if the Japanese shopping-malls are much different from the European ones. I took (once again) Wikitravel’s advice and went to Sannomiya (in Kobe).
And indeed: shopping-malls are all the same… globalization = bleh! Louis Vuitton, Zara, et al were all there, but luckily there were some Japanese shops too.
And Junkudo, a big bookstore, where I spent several hours searching for books, to learn Japanese more. I was thinking of childrens’ books with lots of pictures or so, but I found a two-volume Kanji-course in English. Couldn’t be better! It’s a bit premature yet, because I don’t even have my Katakana complete, but since these books are not on sale in Berlin (and when, then only in German), it’s good to have them already.
But I got myself two other books as well. I know already I’m going to love the second one “I am a cat” by Soseki Natsume.
I’ll start right after finishing Remco Campert…. 😉
Sorry, but today no pictures of exciting temples or even of my lunch: it was too crowded in the lunchbar and I would have felt a bit too much tourist if I had made a picture there. It was soba-noodles anyway: you’ve seen that already! LOL
Cya tomorrow!! Museum-tour, I think. The weather doesn’t look too promising…sniff