Arrival in Japan

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Journal Entry: 05/27/09

Arrived in the Osaka Harbor at 10 a.m. We are touring Japan on a Korean bus tour. Our first stop is China Town.

Then we went to Kobe to visit the earthquake memorial park. The earthquake hit at 5:45 a.m. on January 17, 1995. The park illustrates the restorations process of the Port of Kobe.

Next we headed to the mountains to visit Arima. This place is popular for the hot springs. It is the oldest spa area in Japan. Arima hot springs are rare worldwide ones containing lots of minerals and natural ingredients.

Later we walked down Midosuji and ended up in the Ebisubashi shopping district. It was so packed with people that I was more interested in people watching than the actual shopping. The clerks greeted everyone by saying hello but in the most ear-wrenching way possible: high pitched and nasally.

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