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Kobe Motomachi, February 1977

Kobe Motomachi, February 1977

These covered shopping malls were revolutionary back in '77

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These covered shopping malls were revolutionary back in '77
Even more so in 1968. A very good memory jerker, thank you. The malls used to be full of electrical retailers and restaurants selling flavoured ice.

Down the side were the bars. In particular the Honeymoon Bar where as a 16 yr old ...............
 

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There is no connection between this place and Miramachi, unless you were there with a shipmate from New Brunswick.
 

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Kobe Motomachi......I remember when ye got 1000 yen to the £....1970......cheap and great for electrics like ye say :eek:)
Kobe steaks.....they even fed their cows the beer.......used to get a big bottle for 250 :eek:) and the Suntory wasn`t a bad buy either :eek:)
Aussie bar at the entrance called Clancy`s....the floor was raised behind the counter to make him look taller :eek:)
` Cherry` boy......great :eek:) :eek:)
 

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Allan,

It was !000 yen/£ up to 1968 sometime, when Wilson devalued. After that it was about 850, and now about 300 I think!

B/Regards.
 

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The period I visited Japan was between 67 and 71 and the exchange rate was always around 1000 yen to the pound .

Wilson did during that period put a limit on how much foreign currency we could draw when abroad .

Do any of you remember that ?

I dont recollect the limit but it did prevent us from doing any shopping and having a good run ashore .

We were running between Aus and Japan at the time . I found out the limit did not apply to Sterling areas . When in Aus I put in for a huge sub so that I would have ready cash ( last port before we sailed for Japan )

The Old Man and Chief Steward tried to tell me it was too much because of the limit but I explained Aus was still part of the Sterling area . The sub was approved and I ( much to the dismay of my shipmates ) had plenty of cash to exchange in Japan and do some shopping .

Tea sets ; radio/ tape recorder ; silk prints ; pearls etc. which I still have .

The rest well wasted .


Happy Days . Derek
 

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I remember the Motomachi very well in the 80's and the great times we had in the various bars...expensive but well worth a good run up the road and the many antics we all got up to was hilarious!! Wish i was back there having a knees up!! Tomato Licky Bar...great!!and a few others to name...
 

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A great trip down memory lane. Thanks for posting. I recall buying an excellent pair of Nixon 7x50 marine binoculars for $60 on the Motomachi in 1967. That was when the dollar was still worth something!
 

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You could chuck money away on Scientific Calculators that you could work out how many hairs there were on your head with ... or you could go to the right and sample the culture in the Cherry Lips Bar or to the left where older ladies lurked looking for penfriends in the Pandora Bar. That's what I was told.

Apparently poor Motomachi didn't fare too well in the earthquake of 1995. Let's hope our old acquaintances were OK.

John T
 

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