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The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

The Oriental Hotel is the grande dame of the Kobe hospitality scene, and it has had a long and complicated history. The first generation of the hotel was established by a Dutchman in 1870 at Lot 6 of the Foreign Settlement. 404 more words

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Kitano-cho and the Ijinkan, Kobe 北野町と異人館

Kitano-cho (or Kitano District) 北野町 was an extension of the Kobe Foreign Settlement, in that it was the location of the latter’s residential and consular district.   369 more words

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Kobe Bund and the Former Foreign Settlement 神戶旧居留地

The Former Foreign Settlement, or Kyu-Kyoryuchi 旧居留地 lies at the very heart of Kobe City, and is also where the city began its history as a major port in Japan.   462 more words

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The Grand Tour II-13: Divine Host... Kobe (神戸)

Now that the book is launched, its time to get back to the Grand Tour of China, Korea and Japan.  Our next stop is one of the original 7 treaty ports forced open to trade in the aftermath of US Commodore Perry’s black ships entering Edo harbour. 599 more words

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Steamships, Grand Hotels and Port Cities in Southeast Asia!

Please check out my new companion blog: http://www.romanceofthegrandtour.com.

So…after two and half years of working on this, it is my pleasure to announce that my new book,  309 more words

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The Belle Vue Hotel, Nagasaki

The grande dame of the Nagasaki hospitality scene was the former Belle Vue Hotel, situated just off the Bund, at the edge of Glover Hill, in the Oura Foreign Settlement. 308 more words

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Teramachi 寺町, or A Pilgrim's Tour of Nagasaki's Temple Quarter

Quite unbeknownst to most visitors, Nagasaki is a historic centre of pilgrimage for Japanese Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.  The city centre is quite literally bursting with temples of all kinds, particularly around the foot of the various hills in the city. 463 more words

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