Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 14 - Thursday - Autumnal equinox

Autumnal equinox (秋分の日 Shūbun no Hi): This national holiday was established in 1948 as a day on which to honor one's ancestors and remember the dead.

This holiday actually gave us an extra hour of sleep, or at least an extra hour at the parking lot (for free!!!). We have to take our car out, and then park it again at the same place, or it'll cost us 100 yen per fifteen minutes all day, instead of 1800 yen for 24 additional hours.

We visited the Sake museum in Kobe and did a little shopping downtown today. We had a pleasant and moderately priced buffet lunch at an Italian place and roamed the streets, as usual. I don't think we'll try the cable car going up to Rokko mountain, where there's supposed to be a rock park and a superb view of the city by night. It's been raining and is cloudy today. Anyway, we'll see what happens.

After a refreshing afternoon nap, we had dinner at Steakland Kobe. The Kobe beef was tender and tasty, and the sides were great. Astrid had fresh (like, alive) shrimps fried perfectly, and she, too, loved the BBQ sauce. We took a walk in search for the Kobe Tower, but didn't find it, so we returned to "the strip" for some ice cream. Aaaah what a night :-)

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