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Art Aquarium Osaka at Daimaru, JR Osaka. Live fish with lighting in glass sculptures. Original, clever, artistic and technically impressive. Well worth the¥1000 admission! iPhone 5. May 9.

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Light lunch. Delicious light meal at small, local cafe (つばめ軽食店) in Yamamoto, Takarazuka city with good friend Yuri. iPhone 5 photo. 7 May 2014.

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Local park. Shinike koen, Yamamoto higashi-3-chome, near Hankyu Yamamoto station, Takarazuka. iPhone 5 photos. 7 May 2014.

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Local kine grindz. IKEA (top) on Port Island, Kobe and Chicken King Kobe in Nada-ku. iPhone 4 photos. 5 & 6 May 2014.

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Kobe City Science Museum on Port Island. Excellent interactive exhibits that engage visitors, especially children, with science and engineering. It was nice to see a sample of metallic lithium, a key element in my graduate research and thesis. Relatively uncrowded. iPhone 5 photos. 4 May 2014.

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Kobe Art & Handmade Bazaar. Indoor craft fair of a variety of vendors from food to jewelry and accessories. International Exhibition Hall on Port Island. iPhone 5 photos. 4 May 2014.

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Infiorata 2014. An event held in Kobe at multiple venues. This one Kitanozaka, about 10 minute walk from Sannomiya station. Patterned after the Italian Infiorata. Tulip petals are used to create thematic designs on the street. Festive atmosphere. iPhone 5 photos. 4 May 2014.

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Home cooking. Kubota sensei hosts a dinner for his 3rd and 4th year “zemi” or seminar students early in the academic year. 3rd year students are responsible for food preparation, which is typically very delicious. iPhone 5 photo. 3 May 2014.

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Car return. Due to limited space in Japan, cars are frequently parked in automated silos. Payments are made through a ticket machine. Nice! iPhone 5 photo. 3 May 2014.

Car return. Due to limited space in Japan, cars are frequently parked in automated silos. Payments are made through a ticket machine. Nice! iPhone 5 photo. 3 May 2014.

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Enjoyed jazz at a couple of venues. This was on the top floor of Matsuzakaya, a department store, next to JR Takatsuki Station. iPhone 5 video. 3 May 2014.