Hello, my dear Friends, and the new visitors from the world!
I wish your 2014 be peaceful, healthy, and fulfilling.
Every year when the New Year holiday is over, I’d like to lose weight I gained from many irresistible foods over the years. Leaving my mom's home on my routine visit, I decided to walk around my favorite area of Kobe, the Former Foreign Settlement, and then to do some shopping. Most shops start winter clearances on January 4th, and some begin even sooner.
|Front entrance on Tor Road|
“外国人居留地 The Foreign Settlement refers to a special area in treaty ports, designated by the Japanese government in the second half of the nineteenth century, to allow foreigners to live and work. Japan at that time was in the process of changing itself from a closed, feudalistic society to a more open, modern state.” according to the Wikipedia.
|North side of Daimaru-Matsuzakaya|
|South side of No.38 Building|
Daimaru actively invited brand shops to open their branches in other buildings in the Former Foreign Settlemnt to draw more customers. In April, 2013, Hermes shop was moved to this part of building.
|East side of No. 38 Building|
The street stretching east to west on the sea side of Daimaru has been known as “Luminarie street” since 1996. It is one of the most fashionable streets with many famous brand shops. I'm not interested in brand clothes or goods but in taking pictures of these interestingly illuminated buildings.
|BEAMS House in the daytime|