Last Sunday was a day off from my great job at my English conversation school (英会話スクール), Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi School (スミス英会話 塚口校) in Tsukaguchi (塚口町), Amagasaki (尼崎市), Hyogo Prefecture (兵庫県), Japan. My wife and I went to Sannomiya, Kobe and ate brunch at Starbucks (スターバックス) in Kitano-chō (北野町) or Kitano Ijinkan (北野異人館) . This is a historical district of Kobe which contains some foreign residences that were set up in the late Meiji period and early Taishō period of Japanese history after the Kobe port was opened to the world. This Starbucks is located one of these, the Kobe Kitano Monogatarikan (神戸北野物語館), a historic western style clapboard building. It looks very nice both outside and inside. My wife and I enjoyed having brunch there on the second floor and looking around the place. I had my usual “coffee of the day”, cinnamon roll and chocolate scone, however I also tried my wife’s quiche. Everything was delicious.
After going to Starbucks, we walked to Kobe Harborland (神戸ハーバーランド) and and enjoyed strolling there for a while before walking back to Kitano-chō (北野町) and going to Balalaika (バラライカ) , a Russian restaurant that a student of Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi School had recommended. We ate a lot and the food was delicious, especially borscht, a kind of soup. I thank my student for the recommendation! After that we went back home to Tsukaguchi. We had had a great day out in Kobe.
I’d like to go back to that Starbucks and Balalaika with my wife again. We had a great time! \(^.^)/
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi School
Al Bartle says
Great post! We are so lucky to live in this wonderful country. There are so many good place to see and do and we never fail to enjoy a great meal too as Japan is filled with great places to eat. Can you think of anything more fun that this?