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Views of Koyasan. Kongobu-ji, top row), Konpon Daito Pagoda (center). iPhone 5 photos. 10 May 2014.

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Watching the crowd watching the train pulling in, only to find out that we boarded the wrong train to Koyasan! Made a mad dash to platform on opposite end of Nankai station to catch the correct train, just in time. Station workers were very helpful and ran alongside, even picking up dropped items, and communicating ahead that four of us were running to the train. Nankai cable car (center), the last leg to Koyasan, and ekiben. iPhone 5 photo. 10 May 2014.

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Yu Ki at Chicken King Kobe extended her Aloha to our good friends who visited with us in Kobe. iPhone 5 photo. 9 May 2014.

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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.