I made it! My first day in Japan was a loooong one. I arrived late at night on Monday (around 5am back home). Sachie’s mom and younger sister, Naomi and Akari, picked me up at the bus station.
On Tuesday, I went with Naomi to her work. it’s a place called しあわせの村 (Shiawase no Mura – happiness village). It’s a beautiful place with lots of outdoor activity space, a gym, pool, spa, gardens, playground and lots more.
Shiawase-no-mura is a comprehensive welfare complex equipped with a variety of integrated facilities designed to support independent living for the disabled and the elderly, and their participation in society, while also serving as a meeting place for all Kobe citizens to deepen mutual understanding and work together to create a society in which everyone can lead a full life.
I walked allll over looking at things and taking pictures. The Japanese garden was probably my favorite part.
Then it was time to meet Naomi and leave. she showed me where she works – シルバーカレジ (silver college) a place with classes for elderly. we got some iced coffees and sat and chatted for a bit before leaving.
after stopping to get some groceries we went back to the house for lunch. I had inari (tofu pockets filled with rice) and a couple different rice dishes.
Naomi and I took their dog ナッツ (Nattsu – Peanut) for a short walk around the neighborhood. I really love the style of Japanese homes. They’re so pretty!
Then after Sachie’s older sister Ayumi returned home, we went downtown to the Motomachi area to look around and get dinner. We ate at one of the vegan restaurants go discovered through instagram – Modern Ark Pharm Cafe. it was so cool to actually go to a foreign place I discovered on the internet! I had an avocado salad with tortillas. it was delicious. I think I’ll go back another time for dessert
We went into a department store to look for a couple things. I was mesmerized by everything – especially all the stationery and make up. I don’t even wear make up but I wanted to buy some!
Naomi picked us up and we went for a quick stop at Harborland – one of the main attractions of Kobe. we took some photos and I attempted to get a shot of the beautiful full moon, but apparently it’s too much for my iPhone to handle.
My first day in Japan was so much fun and I look forward to the rest of the trip!