Japan · journal


I didn’t see any of the standard tourist sites in Kobe except for Chinatown; I was here for a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house that was closed for renovation when I was last in Japan, just outside of the city. I had a marvellous time: the aforementioned house which was beautiful and nearly empty of visitors, charming carpentry tool museum, secondhand bookshop, artist studios under train arches, a whole room to myself in a converted old doctor’s clinic, local shotengai looking for tsukemono, onsen day at a 70s hotel over in Arima, lots of cable cars.


Last day in Japan

I squeezed in a visit to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum which was so good I overran my schedule and only just managed to catch the last bus from Shinjuku to the airport. One last sleep in a capsule at the airport before leaving.