Today I went to Kobe to visit a friend's exhibit. I've written about this previously when we went 2 years ago. Since then, the cafe that Satoshi and I went to closed down along with some other cafes. Since I didn't get to see my friend, I took a look around at the exhibit and then I went gallivanting.
Kobe is a port city that is about 30 minutes from Osaka by train. Because Kobe is a port city, there are many foreigners that live there today and there are many houses called Ijinkan (foreigners homes) that were built in the early 1900's. Some were used as consulates and many are still standing today even after the big earthquake of 1995.
Kobe is also known for their sweets. A famous one is from France, Henri Charpentier. I picked up their selection of macarons.
From left to right: fraise (strawberry), passion (passion fruit), cafe (coffee), caramel (caramel with fleur de sel), pistache (pistachio), framboise (raspberry), citron (lemon), chocolat (chocolate). These were delicious with a cup of tea.
Factory Shin is a local confectionery. I picked up their chocolate macarons for tomorrow's tea time.