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Sep 7, 2015 - Kobe, Japan

Pete checked in from Kobe and things were just fine. He has had a little cold and, although he sounded very bad on the phone, he said that he had only had one day when he felt sick and just sounded bad the rest of the time. Kobe is in Central Japan and is known for its picturesque harbor, ringed by mountains. The high temperatures right now are in the low to mid 80's. Kobe is also known for its famous marbled beef which is quite expensive, with prices of $150 per pound and up!

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May 13, 2015 - Kobe, Japan

Pete visited Kobe this week and things are going well. He called from the ship a day or so before they landed in Kobe to tell us about his flight information for his visit home. Because of the time difference, he will be leaving Incheon, South Korea at 4 PM on May 21 and will arrive in San Francisco at about 11:00 AM on the same day!! He had a list of stuff that he was planning to throw away, rather than pack, because it would need to be replaced before he went back to the ship. It included both pair of black shoes, his tennis shoes, and...

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May 7, 2015 - Kobe, Japan

Pete called from Kobe and things were going well. He was preparing for a day at sea, with a Tech rehearsal and 2 production shows on the agenda. He does not have his flight arrangements for his vacation yet but we should know soon about when he will be home. He said that David, the Music Director, who recently returned from his own vacation, will take care of Pete's responsibilities while Pete is home, including scheduling all of the entertainers. There will be a replacement musician to play alto sax in Pete's spot in the orchestra. As of...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Kobe Japan

Kobe is the place where Westerners first entered Japan and were allowed to stay. A port city of 1.5 million that has overcome great difficulties after an earthquake in 1995 that killed 6,000 and left 300,000 homeless. Kobe is known worldwide for its beef that comes from the Wagyu cattle that are fed grain fodder with strict protocols. This very marbled, high cholesterol beef is outrageously priced. Kobe also has many Sake breweries that are much more in our price range. We started the day visiting a traditional Japanese garden called...

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May 13, 2014 - Kobe, Japan

Pete checked in from his day in Kobe where he had a nice afternoon walking around and doing a little shopping. He found it a little more difficult to communicate because most people in Kobe don't speak English as well as the folks in Tokyo. He walked around a shopping mall and found a Yamaha musical instrument store, where he was able to purchase 2 boxes of saxophone reeds like the ones he has been waiting for, ordered from a store in the US around the 1st of April. He also said he sampled some of the beef from the famous Kobe, Japan but...

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May 6, 2014 - Kobe, Japan

Pete checked in from near Kobe Japan. He did not actually have a chance to get off the ship but the Japanese telephone signal is so strong that he was able to call from the middle of the ocean! He said he could see the land but was quite a distance away from the shore. We are all grateful that today's amazing cell phone service allows him to communicate with us regularly. The ship took on 1000 new passengers in Kobe, which required the crew to perform an extra lifeboat drill, in which Pete has some responsibility. However, he only had 7 new...

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Sep 19, 2012 - Kobe japan

Well we left Masan at 10pm and sailed out into a monsoon, very high winds and a very lumpy seas it was very rough night but i managed to make it for breakfast and we went straight into the wharf. Kobe as many of you will remember was hit by a 7.2 earthquake as well in 1996 in which 66,500 people died.This earthquake was very deep and didn't strike the centre of the city,the harbour and the older housing area that survived 2nd world war and some of the overhead bridges corlasted. After 15 years after the quake the population as gone down...

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May 24, 2012 - Here's the Beef

This morning I took the subway over to Osaka Station. Akie was there seeing off the 300th guest of her tour company, All Star Osaka. We all posed for pictures, then Akie and I boarded a train for Kobe. It was an important trading port during the Meiji era and still shows the European influence. We visited some of the "western style" houses on the Kitano Hillside then walked towards the waterside. I had requested Kobe beef for lunch. Akie managed to find a teppanyaki place which was very good and quite reasonable. After lunch we took a train...

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Jul 9, 2010 - Kobe, Japan

Having made my way back to Hiroshima from Miyajima I enjoy another great train experience from Hiroshima and arrive in Kobe only to have my senses and tastebuds aroused from the minute I leave the station, as it turns to dusk and I make my way to my hotel. The smell of delicious food fills the air and the choice of restaurants, cafes and bars is impressive for a relatively small city! It is a wonder that there are not hundreds of overweight people here! :-) The smells are in fact so enticing that I can hardly wait for its main attraction....

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Aug 27, 2009 - Kobe and Kobe beef...

Going from Himeji to Kobe took around one hour and we got to Kobe at around four in the afternoon. I don’t really know what we were going to expect from Kobe. The only thing that I knew about it was the earthquake during the mid 1990s and Kobe beef. The city seems to have been successfully rebuilt and it looked very nice and new. However, as we walked around in the town, it really seemed to lack atmosphere and identity. I’m quite happy to say that Kobe was a dump and it wasn’t worth our time visiting it. We simply managed to see loads of...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Japan1

We arrived in Kobe, Japan the morning of April 11, 2008 and prepared for a tedious customs process. First they had to take our temperature due to the spread of the Avian flu. Everybody just walked through this room in a straight line and they had some high-tech device that was able to take our body temperature without having to be seen individually. Welcome to Japan with its high-tech electronic capabilities. After that, we had to go through customs where we had to individually go up to a counter and they checked our passports and had to...

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