TIFFANY & Co. Ring

My Beloved Kobe City / Christmas

December 23 is the Birthday of Emperor, one of Japanese national holidays, so I took a stroll around Kobe city. Christmas is just around the corner, so I intended to present my fiancee with a ring. Christmas in Japan is, if anything, a day for couples, while it in other countries is one for a family.
Unfortunately, even though it was a rainy day on December 23, but Kobe city was so crowded. I could feel a Christmas atmosphere through Kobe city, and I felt cheerful. My beloved Kobe is famous as a fashionable and sophisticated city. Among the people in Tokyo, the Kobe city is recognized as a fashionable city. Among the Kansai region, Kobe city also shows a unique presence, although there are many cities in the region which have unique cultures, such as Kyoto and Osaka. That’s what I love about and take pride in Kobe city.

Kobe City

Kobe City

 

Kobe Shopping Street

Kobe Shopping Street

 

Daimaru Kobe Department Store

Daimaru Kobe Department Store

 

Kobe Nankin-machi (The Chinese Quarter)

Kobe Nankin-machi (The Chinese Quarter)

 

Kobe Luminarie

Kobe Luminarie

 

Kobe port

Kobe Port

 

The Night View of Kobe

The Night View of Kobe

 

 

Daimaru Kobe Department Store

There are two large department stores, Sogo and Daimaru in Kobe city. Sogo is located near the Sannomiya station and Daimaru is located near the Motomachi station. The people in Kobe city often visit both.

Kobe Sogo Department Store

Kobe Sogo Department Store

 

Motomachi Daimaru Department Store

Motomachi Daimaru Department Store

 

I visited the Daimaru department store today. Departments stores are very convenient because we can see different types of rings at many shops. Cartier, BVLGARI, CHANEL, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, CHAUMET, Harry Winston―the floor was filled with many well-known luxury brand stores. I was really exhausted because we carefully saw so many rings. Shopping requires a lot of work, I think.

 

Daimaru Department Store Picture

Daimaru Department Store

 


Break Time at CAFFERA

After we looked over most rings, we had a break at the CAFFERA cafe, to organize our thoughts. CAFFERA cafe is popular because we can relax at the terrace while looking at Kobe’s streets which are lined with many shops. We had two cappuccino and relaxed. We held a meeting to select a ring, feeling much better by the latte art.

Cappuccinos Picture

Cappuccinos

 

CAFFERA Picture

CAFFERA

 

Caffera picture 02

Kobe’s Streets Lined with Many Shops

 


Tiffany & Co.’s Ring / My Christmas Present

My fiancee eventually was pleased with Tiffany & Co.’s ring, and I bought it as a Christmas present. She was pleased that a pinkish-gold ring suited her skin color, and gave a warm impression.

 

TIFFANY & Co. Ring / My Christmas Present

TIFFANY & Co. Ring / My Christmas Present

 


Art Gallery

We finished choosing the appealing ring, and also went to an art gallery on the 7th floor on the way. There are usually art galleries in Japanese department stores like this, and many events are held throughout a year. We couldn’t take a picture, but there was a suitable assortment of art for a department store. Inshou Doumoto, Katashi Koyama, Akira Akiduki, Gyokudou Kawai, Syouji Hamada, Tamako Katayama, Toshio Hirakawa, Sumio Gotou, Hiroshi Senju, Toshio Matsuo, Tsuguharu Fujita―I was really satisfied with these great art works. I was more interested in kakejiku works (hanging scrolls) than framed works because of my business, so I was really impressed with Inshou Doumoto’s kakejiku works. The unique atmosphere of his works produced by his delicate brushwork was very attractive and worth looking at.

Inshou Doumoto / Cherry Blossoms at Night Picture

Inshou Doumoto / Cherry Blossoms at Night

 


Kakejiku Shop

There was a shop which sells kakejiku near the art gallery, and I went there. Some auspicious kakejiku were displayed such as red Mt. Fuji, the rising sun and cranes and turtles, because a new year is just around the corner. There was Yukihiko Nakagawa’s work at the exhibition space. I like his works, but to be honest I didn’t like this work very much. Yukihiko Nakagawa skillfully paints with an air brush, therefore he has his strong and weak points on his works and I have things I like and dislike about his works. I like red Mt. Fuji, Peonies and a water fall works by him.

 

Kakejiku Shop 01

Kakejiku Shop 01

 

Kakejiku Shop 02

Kakejiku Shop 02

 

Kakejiku Shop 03

Kakejiku Shop 03

 

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Red Mt. Fuji

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Red Mt. Fuji

 

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Water Fall

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Water Fall

 

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Peonies

Yukihiko Nakagawa / Peonies

 


Dinner at the jacalanta Restaurant

After leaving the department store, we visited the jacalanta, my favorite restaurant. This restaurant is located near the Ikuta-jinja Shrine. I like this restaurant because it looks like a hideaway and has a calm atmosphere but the staff is very cheerful. The restaurant is very popular among girls, so I wanted to take my fiancee at least once. Today was a good opportunity. “Jacalanta omelet rice” is the most popular dish on the menu. Cheese fondue is also delicious. I drank 10 glasses of beer and felt better. My fiancee took a picture of me and Yossy (the shp manager). I and my fiancee also had our photo taken by Yossy, and then Yossy printed the picture, set it in a frame and gave it for us on the spot. This was a nice surprise and Omotenashi (Japanese hospitality). Important matters concerning Omotenashi are anticipating what guests hope, acting before they order, and surprising them. Nice Omotenashi, Yossy! It was a wonderful Christmas present.

 

The jacalantan restaurant 001

The jacalanta restaurant 001

 

The jacalantan restaurant 002

The jacalanta restaurant 002

 

The jacalantan restaurant 003 / Staff

The jacalanta restaurant 003 / Staff

 

The jacalantan restaurant 004 / Interior

The jacalanta restaurant 004 / Interior

 

The jacalantan restaurant 005 / Jacalantan Omelet

The jacalanta restaurant 005 / Jacalanta Omelet Rice

 

The jacalantan restaurant 006 / Cheese Fondue

The jacalanta restaurant 006 / Cheese Fondue

 

The jacalantan restaurant 007 / Special Cakes

The jacalanta restaurant 007 / Special Cakes

 

The jacalantan restaurant 008 / With Yossy

The jacalanta restaurant 008 / With Yossy

 

The jacalantan restaurant 009 / The jacalantan restaurant 009 / Special Christmas Present from Yossy

The jacalanta restaurant 009 / Special Christmas Present from Yossy

 

 


The WESTERN HALL Bar

My fiancee can drink alcohol, so we would visit the WESTERN HALL, my favorite bar, until the last train. It is located at a busy district of Sannomiya. I was introduced this bar by my friend, and many of my friends often visit there. We also use the bar to share information. An atmosphere of the bar is so calm, so there is a tendency to think it is inaccessible. However, Kunihiko Deguchi, the bartender, is gentle and his talk is always enjoyable. There are many types of liquors. Kunihiko Deguchi is bald, but he is never a scary person. Don’t worry. The bar is an enjoyable spot for me because I can talk about various topics that range from business to private, and know about my friends’ situations.

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 001

WESTERN HALL BAR 001

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 002

WESTERN HALL BAR 002

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 003

WESTERN HALL BAR 003

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 004

WESTERN HALL BAR 004

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 005

WESTERN HALL BAR 005

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 006

WESTERN HALL BAR 006

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 007

WESTERN HALL BAR 007

 

WESTERN HALL BAR 008 / Kunihiko Deguchi

WESTERN HALL BAR 008 / Kunihiko Deguchi

 

 


 

It was time to get on the last train, so we left the bar. We were in a good mood all day. Today was a great celebration day of Christmas.

 

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


URLhttp://nomurakakejiku.com


Our Business

 Art Nomura is an art dealer which produces kakejiku (hanging scrolls). We mount many paintings and calligraphic works in kakejiku in my factory. Kakejiku are our main product. We also remount and repair old or damaged kakejiku. We share the traditional Japanese art of kakejiku with people all over the world.



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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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