The check-in time came and we went to the hotel.
We were staying at the Kitanosaka Hotel. I arranged for the hotel because it’s not very expensive. The room rate including breakfast was only 6300 yen. I thought that it would be enough for us just to have a place to sleep and I didn’t expect much, but Kitanosaka Hotel was clean and comfortable. Beside that, the bed in the room was a double bed although I reserved two single rooms. I was lucky.
After we checked in, we continued sightseeing and went to the Kitano area. Kitano is a famous tourist site in Kobe. There are many Western style residencies built for Westerners in Japan in the Meiji period in this area. You can enjoy a beautiful cityscape there.
However, for otakus like us, there was another enjoyment.
In “Rhine-no-Yakata” Haide-san said;
“Wonderfull! This is just as if we were in Joster’s mansion!”
(Jonathan Joester is the protagonist of Jojo part 1. His father, George Joestar is a British Nobe. The part 1 story is set in Victorian England.
Strictly speaking, “Rhine-no-Yakata” was built in 1916, a little bit after the Victorian period. The owner of the house was also from France. However, who minds such a slight difference?)
Kitano: “Look! You can take a picture sitting on the sofa. Let’s try to sit there like Dio-sama.”
Haide-san: “Like this? (with an air of great importance)”
Kitano: “Good! Stay there a second, I will take a picture.”
Looking at the beautiful silk flowers, Haide-san said.
“Hey, I want to see Jotaro holding this bouquet.”
“Good idea but the one I’d like to see is Josuke.”
Our opinion was in harmony that beautiful flowers fit Josuke and Jotaro .
Josuke is the protagonist of Jojo part4. Both Jotaro and Josuke are macho men like this. Ordinary people couldn’t understand our thought that flowers fit such big macho men.
We are not only otaku but also “fu”(腐) The direct translation of this word is “rotten,” but I think that the more suitable translation is “filthy.” I won’t explain about this word here because it will be very long. I only say that we are members of the otaku family, fu genus “Deka-Macho-uke” species.
We were overjoyed when we found the bathroom.
“You definitely have to take photo!”
Then we visited some other famous tourist spots, like Kazamidori-no-yakata, and Moegi-no-yakata and thenwe noticed that it was nearly dark.
Leaving Kitano street, we went to china-town.
I am usually lead around Kobe by my friend who lives there, bur this time I guided Haide-san as though I was full-fledged Kobe expert. The first sight seeing spot was “Kitano-Kobo-no-Machi.”
“Kitano-Kobo-no-Machi”is an old beautiful building that was originally an elementary school. There are many cool and stylish shops there now. It was the second time for me to visit there and I found a newly opened Japanese sake shop. Kobe is a famous brewery region. The shop was selling many kinds of sake from various breweries in Kobe and it seemed that we could sample them. However, between other stylish shops for young women, the sake shop was deserted. We entered the shop. I’m a sake fan, especially Kobe sake. I intended to buy something if I could find a good one. The shop clerk was a young woman. I asked her if I could sample them. She said, “Yes. What kind of sake would you like?” “Lets see… I prefer sweet sake.” (In my opinion, Kobe’s sake is sweet comparing to other area.) “There is no sweet sake here. (coldly)All of them are dry.” “…..! (at a loss for word”)
(eye contact conversation between Haide-san and me) Haide-sann “What is she saying? That’s her personal thought but, she should suggest something for her customer without saying such a thing, shouldn’t she?” Kitano “Wait, she probably think that we are just window shoppers. I will try to show her that I’m a big fan of Kobe sake.” So I said; “Oh! This is a sake from Izumi-Shuzo brewery. I’d like to try it.” She reluctantly let me sample it. While sampling, I said to her; “If I remember right, the brewer master of Izumi-Shuzo is former brewer master of Takinokoi which was closed last year.” I thought that I give her a topic that she could use to start a sales pitch, but she never reacted. There was nothing else for us to do but to leave. After leaving the shop, we told each other; “I’ve never meet such a clerk!” “Exactly! Wasn’t she taught that she should make an effort to sell something even to window shoppers?” We were perfectly surprised rather than angry at her attitude, and worried what would happen to her. Next we went to a chocolate shop. There was a very cheerful clerk and he invited us to sample many kinds of chocolate. Haide san bought some of them although I didn’t buy any since I don’t much like sweets.
Then we visited some nearby sight seeing spots.
Muslim mosque Toutenkaku