Kindergarten in Japan

Our family spent a year and a half living in a tiny suburb of Kobe, Japan, where I attended kindergarten (幼稚園).

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The last time I was in Japan, I was a child.  Our family spent a year and a half living in a tiny suburb of Kobe, Japan, where I attended kindergarten (幼稚園).

I have distinct memories of the home with its giant bathtub, two great staircases (one inside, one outside), and of the kindergarten with its giant slide.  There was also a pool we frequented, and a convenience store.  Apparently I spoke Japanese as a child, as well.

It’s been a long-time dream of mine to return and visit these places, and see what other memories might linger.

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Kindergarten Class in Kobe, Japan

From the subtitle to the photo above, my wonderful friend Ishii-San (Yukiko) translated the kanji several years ago.  With every business in the first world online, she also found the school, Chinenoura.

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The sign on the right reads: “Chinenoura Youchinen”

Thisimg_01 picture of the front door is not familiar.  Still, finding it won’t be a problem, the website has this handy map.

As for the house we lived in, the only exterior picture, top right below, shows a wood frame.  My brother Michael, he has the better pictures of the house, the backyard and the playhouse our father built.  Unfortunately, he isn’t sharing.

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I also have this address from this meishi (名刺) that my mother carried in Japan.  This was in a scrap book along with the other photos.  The address is Akatsukayama, 1872-194 Sumiyoshi Cho, Hagashinada-Ku, Kobe City.   IMG_2410

As near as I can determine, this address is not resolvable on Google Maps.

It’s been a long time, does the house still exist? Will I be able to find it?  What will I find, will long-lost memories surface?  Will my Japanese come back?

Author: Cultural Explorer

Multi-Day Thru-Hiker. Cultural Explorer. Traveler of thousand-year old trails. Cool forests of Japan, South America, North America and Europe. The East and the West.

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