August 8, 2014

The Old Photos: Kobe 2009

 

Guess where I'm headed tonight?

I'm off to Kobe for the weekend to see my lovely friends before heading down to Imabari to spend Obon with family! I do love this city so. It's a beautiful blend of Japanese and foreign culture, due to it being one of Japan's early port cities. These pictures are from when I was there in December 2009.

There's a typhoon headed our way but I'm hoping we miraculously have great weather because I really want to go to Koshien stadium to see the high school baseball tournament that starts this weekend! I was on the baseball team in high school (as a "manager," not a player) and it's every team's dream to make it to koshien one day. I've actually never been to Koshien stadium before so this is huge. I mean, HUGE. Early morning practice, weekly practice games, handmade omamori. All of it was for that summer koshien dream, and although my high school never made it past the prefectural tournament, even to this day we still bond over those memories. (Although there have been questions lately regarding this culture.) So even though the forecast says 80% chance of rain, I'm hoping it clears up just a little for me!

We'll have to see how the typhoon feels. But whatever happens, I'm excited to be heading to Kobe! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend as well! x


6 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! And can I just add that you haven't aged in five years? How is that possible?

    Have a great obon break :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Miwa! You're too kind. I've always looked older than I really am (for a Japanese, haha) so maybe I'm just now starting to look my age? ;D

      Delete
  2. I had a student talk to me about this. She is going with her family (husband and children) to see the opening ceremony. I can't help but feel this is a small mistranslation.

    Hope the weather is good for you. The typhoon should pass by Sunday afternoon over there. At least I hope so. Tokyo, not so lucky. Not bad weather but I think it will just be a little rain.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Did they have to reschedule their trip because of the typhoon?

      I was so bummed when they announced that Koshien would be cancelled both Saturday and Sunday! But then again, a typhoon was headed our way so I guess it couldn't be helped. I just feel sorry for the families and other students who were there to cheer their teams on, that's a lot of extra fees. Their OBs and OGs will hopefully pitch in! ;D

      Was the weather bad in Tokyo? Thankfully Kobe has a fairly large city and we were able to have fun without having to go outside in the rain :D

      Delete
    2. I'm not sure. I would assume they couldn't go if it was cancelled.

      Tokyo wasn't so bad. I was out on Sat night and had no problem getting home late at night. No rain. Just some wind. There was a few downpours on Sunday. Just a matter of heading out between the clouds. :)

      PS: Yes, it is a good idea to be in a bigger city to do things when there is a typhoon.

      Delete
    3. I agree, big cities with underground passageways are the way to go when a typhoon comes. If they have a subway system, all the better! :D

      Delete