Rokko Island and other things

In this post there will be many different pictures from different places and events. The first pictures will be from when i am going to Rokko Island. This is a artificial island just outside of Kobe. On this island there is a Church where I work every other Wednesday and Friday. I also attend it three Sundays a Month.

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Nada train station which is the closest train station to where I live

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Inside the train station where I “beep” my card

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One of the trains I have to take to get there

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The next train is The Rokko Liner which is without any driver as you can see.

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Outside the train station on Rokko Island
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Right outside there is this concert building looking like a giant UFO

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On my way home I bought this drink just because of the name

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A picture on my way home from Nada Station

These next pictures is from when I attended a birthday party for Hannah Emilie which is the daughter of some of the missionaries here. All the other Norwegian missionaries where invited too.

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A overview of some of the park we went to.

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These two one year olds are the two kids i´m baby sitting a couple of times a week

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Another overview of the park. This place was a paradise for kids!

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This slide actually went fast

I also wanted to post this video that I just edited. It is not from Japan. I filmed it right before I left.

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Osaka and Hiroshima

The last two weeks there have been a family called Grøtteland on vacation here. Their parents used to work for a norwegian school here in Kobe 15 years ago.  On of the guys in the family called Ole Rassmus and his girlfreind Solbjørg used to go to the same high school as me a couple of years ago. Since I new some of them I decided to join them on two trips. The first one was to Osaka where we went to one of the biggest aquariums in the world and what used to be the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world. The other trip went to Hiroshima. Since everyone have heard of this town I felt like I had to go.

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On a crowded train station in Osaka

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They have really cool escalators here. Sometimes like on this picture they become flat halfway up before getting normal again

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On our way to the aquarium which is the red and blue building.

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An otter

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A scary looking octopus

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Their two whale sharks!

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Even seals like Cola
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Ole and Solbjørg in front of one of the many tanks.

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Some creapy looking giant crabs

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The aquarium from the top of the ferris wheel

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Osaka at night

Here are some pictures from Hiroshima
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This building is one of the few traces left after the atomic bombing.
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Me in front of it
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Some of the memorial park with the museum in the background

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Here you can see three of the most important monuments in one picture
One of the most impacting things in Hiroshima was to se the before and after model of the city. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it. Instead I got a before and after picture of the food we ate that can be an alternative example.

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Before. This was some speciality for Hiroshima. Inside there where noodles, some seafood, bacon and other stuff. MHHH!
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After

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On their train station they had these mushroom fountains. I wonder if they where inspired by the mushroom cloud after the A-bomb?

Wandering around in Kobe

I have done allot of different things lately. Therefor I also have allot to blog about. I will post some of it today and the rest will be posted later this week.

When I am not working I like to spend my time wandering around in Kobe. Here are some pictures.

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This is the view from my room.

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There are allot of bikes here in Japan

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One of the many shopping streets. This one is a small one.

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The city´s gas holders. I am glad I live far away from them!

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Here is the famous Kobe tower

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Like almost everyone who blogs outside of Norway, I am starting to like Starbucks more and more.
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Some random back ally in Kobe
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This is the logo of Kobe
In the next post will be about when I went to Osaka with some other Norwegians that are on vacation here.

Hiking in the Rokko mountains

My apartment/room here in Kobe lies at the outskirts of the city. That means I don´t have to walk for more than 3 minutes to get to a really nice hiking trail. Here are some pictures I took of it the other day.

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Here is how the first part of the trail/way looked like.

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There where some really nice looking waterfalls on the way.

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On the way I came to this, which I think used to be a temple or something like that.

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A picture of how sweatyI got after a while.

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I did not get enough time to get all the way to the top 😦 When I get the time one day I will post the pictures of the view of Kobe and Osaka.

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This is how it looked like where i had to go back.

A blog about my life in Japan

I decided to make a blog about my life here in Japan. As many of you might already know, i am doing a one year internship for NLM (Norwegian Lutheran Mission). On this blog I am mostly going to upload pictures with some short texts and maybe some videos in the future.

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This is some of the view of the Kobe from the roof of the building I live in. It is allot bigger than it looks.

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This is how it looks like in the area where I live.

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They also have Coop her like in Norway 🙂 Not sure if it is exactly the same, but it is right behind my house so i will go there often.

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Here you can see how it looks like right behind my house. As you can see it is right at the border of the city. There are really nice hiking trails up in the mountains here. I will show more of them in the next post.