Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum

There is a Kiku-Masamune Sake Brewery Museum near the river Sumiyoshi in Kobe.

The Entrance

I could see this sign by the entrance.

The calligraphy is impressive.

The Museum’s derector told me that the calligraphy was written by Mr Gochiku Nakabayashi. He wrote it when he was 77 years old.

Mr Gochiku Nakabayashi is a founder of modern Japanese calligraphy the same as Mr Meikaku Kusakabe who started my family of calligraphy.

In the museum we can see many materials to make Sake(Japanese rice wine).

Also we can see interesting things.

There is the souvenir shop.

And You CAN try the Sake on free!

I reccomend a visit there.


Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

There is the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum near Shin-Kobe station.

Here is the only museum of carpentry tools in Japan.

We can see the Japanese Capenter’s uniform too.

We can try fitting the parts.

I saw a big wooden model.

It is a model of the interlocking brackets of Toshodaiji Temple’s Kondo.

I recommend that you visit before going to Kyoto and Nara.
It is very close to the Shinkansen Station, so you can visit easily.

Also I enjoyed to see different types of wood.

Carpenter’s workshop.

Carpenter’s examples.

They orgnised a special exhibition.

Confectionery Utensils
The History of Sweets Enjoyed Through Molds

Here are some from in the U.K.

The Museum is very modern.

But I felt it had a Japanese traditional atmosphere.

I think everybody would enjoy visiting the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum.

Sannomiya Kitano in Kobe

As you know, Japan will be hosting the Rugby World Cup in Kobe this year.
Sannomiya station shows the poster.

The England and Scottland teams are going to Kobe.

My friend who works for Kobe Tourism Bureau guided for me.

We met up at Sannomiya Station, then he took me to the Ikuta shrine.

Then we move to Kitano.

There is a European style Starbacks Coffee.

Kitano is known for Western-style buildings and former residences of early foreign settlers.

There are British style houses.

Baker Street?

This is the English House.

In Kitano, there is a lovely hotel.

I hope to stay with Snoopy in this hotel next time.