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    • Hot off the presses, the latest Photowalk travel video from the island nation of Japan, part 1 of a two-parter, beginning with Kobe.

      It's the 6th largest city in Japan, home to 1.5 million people, so rather large, but tiny compared to the bustling Tokyo (24 million people) and Osaka (19 million in the area.)

      Kobe is a port town that's long had an international feel, with German, Italian and other ethnic restaurants, one of 3 Chinatowns in Japan and easy access by train to nearby Osaka (40 minutes) or Kyoto (one hour.) The bullet train to Toyko is a 3 hour + trip.

      Kobe is a town many skip, preferring the bigger cities. On a thrill ride basis, Kobe does pale to the bigger cities, but thatโ€™s what make it an attractive stop. Itโ€™s right smack dab in the middle of the sea and mountains and more of a real Japan than an amusement park feel of those other places.

      Think noodles, sushi, chocolates and, the local delicacy, Kobe Beef. The story, which may or not be true: these cows live a separate, more charmed life, they get massaged every night, maybe even with beer and wine. That's why the beef tastes so good.

      Check out the video, watch me order some local beef and taste it. You decide from there.

      To the question--well Jeff, why did you decide to visit Kobe in the first place?

      My son lives near there, and it's a great spot to see what real Japan is like.

      Enjoy today's video, and stay tuned for part 2, when I visit crazy Osaka. Coming soon.

    • wow wow wow thank you so much Jefferson! I traveled with you on this Photowalk. I love Japanese culture, I often watch videos of their street food preparation, they are exceptional! I had already read about the cow massage ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ I'm looking forward to watch Osaka Photowalk.
      Enjoy your time

    • Hi Margot! Thanks as always for viewing and commenting. Sorry for late reply--was on an all-day photo shoot Saturday from 8 a.m. til 10 p.m. and just recovering now!

      Thanks again!

    • That is one of my favorite photwalks of yours. You looked happy and cheerful, the pace was good, and Kobe turns out to be a fascinating place. But I think Catalina Island is tough to top. ๐Ÿ™‚