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Kohnan Home Store in the middle of Kobe Harbor. 

This is my last and best chance to find pumpkin seeds. 

Alas, no pumpkin seeds, but among the garden tools and kitchen utensils we found 2 hori hori (digging knives) and bought both. 

Steamer cloths

Garden shoes

And more in season seeds

That should be enough for now. 

Oh yes, I could have bought a mochi pounding set (morter, hammer and stand) for a mere 30,000 yen. But to get it home….

We like Kobe too. 

It’s a nice town on the coast of the Pacific Ocean – a bit cheaper and more funky than Kyoto. We can stay here and still get to Kyoto easy and fast by train with a Japan Railways Pass. The best, tho, is that we have made some good friends here.
Our favorite place to stay, the Yume Nomad Hostel is here. We are now nested in here for the rest of our stay. 

It is inexpensive, quiet, artsy, and a great gathering place where you can meet like-minded travelers and locals in a laid-back and cozy atmosphere.

Our hosts (and old friends)

Then there is the traditional market Higashiyama Shotengai nearby to get lost in and find just about any thing under the sun, such as traditional japanese underware, an extra suitcase or tofu or lunch. 

Grilled mochi balls

Kabocha pumpkins
We buy our supplies for cooking meals at the hostel here. The best place to buy miso and pickled vegetables was still there, of course. And the family that runs the stall was so glad to see us again. 

Three years ago we met Bun, the coffee enthusiast, at Yume Nomad. Since then he has established himself in the business and moved to a new shop in down town Kobe near Sannomiya station. We got a great cup of ethiopian coffee and spent some time talking about coffee and old times. 

The Ikuta Jinga Shinto Temple was almost next door and demanded a visit. History has it that it was establised around 200 AD. It has been burnt down and destroyed in wars and natural disasters many times but always rebuilt. 

Now it still stands majestic amoung the high rise.

After having been to the market the first day in Kobe, we eat the traditional japanese breakfast every day.

It is healthy and delicious, typically consisting of rice, miso soup and pickles.

The rice dish was already prepared by a nice market lady, so we just needed to warm it up. The pickles were sliced and fresh miso soup made with tofu, seaweed and green onions.

The kitchen is very nice, roomy and complete here at the Yume Nomad Hostel (which I highly recommend!)!



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.

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

Mochi and mochi cakes in many flavors







The happy pickle master

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