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Kobe Mosaic

Kobe Mosaic is a popular shopping mall with beautiful scenic views of the city of Kobe. Set on the port side with panoramic views of the Port Tower of Kobe it houses many ethnic restaurants (Indian, Italian, French etc.). Mosaic is also the place from where boat rides to the Akashi and Kobe Airport area start. Located just a 10-minute walk away from JR Kobe Station, it also has an amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel and other joyrides for children. The photo story covers the scenic views outside of the mall.

Sony Building, Ginza

The Sony Building in Ginza is being used by the Sony Corporation to showcase their latest electronic offerings. It used to be just the Walkman brand when I first visited in 1998, then the Bravia television series and lately the Xperia smartphone line. You can enjoy Sony's digital lifestyle in this seven-story exhibition space and there is also a French Restaurant on the first floor. I have been a big fan of the brand and my living room was almost entirely Sony-branded. I still have a lot of faith in the brand, despite the strong competition that it continues to receive from the innovative Apple products.

Nihonbashi

Nihonbashi ("Japan Bridge") is considered the kilometer zero point of Tokyo, the point held as a reference to indicate the distance to Tokyo on highways. The old wooden bridge built in the 17th century was replaced by a stone bridge in 1911, and it crosses the Nihonbashi river. Today, Nihonbashi is encircled by mostly commercial office buildings, including the Mitsukoshi department store. To see how the bridge looked like before, you need to check out the Edo paintings of the old simplistic wooden bridge; hard to believe that the bridge is actually in the same spot, especially considering the fact that Mount Fuji was visible from this spot at the time.

Mystic Views of Akarenga Soko

Yokohama, a port city, offers many wonderful retro-modern architectural spots to visit. Akarenga Soko, which stands for beautiful red brick architecture, is one of them and it is located only minutes away from the Landmark Tower in the Minatomirai area. Having Yokohama Bay Bridge on one side and the Landmark Tower on the other, this area is a great place to spend an evening. There are other attractions in walking distance, so there is a lot to do. Munich's world famous beer festival "Oktoberfest" is also held here at Akarenga Soko.

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