After a terribly jet-lagged day in Nagoya yesterday, we hopped on one of those lightning trains and went to Kobe – a beautiful city sloping on the edge of the mountains overlooking the sea – and spent the day wandering around the labyrinth of a traditional market.

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With every thing from Kobe beef to kimonos we found pretty much all we needed for lunch, dinner, breakfast and snacks for the next few days.

Dried persimmons

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Mochi and mochi cakes in many flavors

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Tofu

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Miso

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Pickles

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The happy pickle master

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I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of this guy.

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