Welcome to Kitano Ijinkan-gai!

In Japanese history, there was a period of time when no foreigner could come into Japan and no Japanese person could leave the country, on penalty of death. This period, known as Sakoku, lasted more than 200 years from the mid-17th century to the mi-19th century.

In the 5 port cities that reopened after Sakoku ended, dedicated “foreigner foreigner living areas” were created. This is why you can see very old fashioned European style architecture in Hakodate, Niigata, Yokohama, Kobe, and Nagasaki.

This area of Kobe was purposely avoided during the bombing of Kobe during World War II, and the buildings remain as cultural properties protected by the government (and thus, becoming a tourist attraction in Kobe).  This area of Kobe has very steep hills. Be prepared to walk!


There are several of these buildings in the area, and most of them charge admission. Watch out though – some of these are still residential buildings.

The former Hilton Residence, also known as the former Panama Consulate

The French Mansion and Ben Allison’s house

The streets are narrow, not straight, and on an incline.  This is a very expensive residential area, but I don’t think I would want to live here!

There are also lots of small shops. This area reminds me of Jiyugaoka, in Tokyo.

The Starbucks in the area is also in a building with a similar feel. (The menu itself is exactly the same)

Within this area is Kitano Tenman Shrine. This shrine is dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane.  Sugawara no Michizane was a historical scholar, and shrines dedicated to him are common places to pray for school-related things (getting accepted to a certain university, better grades, etc)

And finally..
Here is a little giveaway to thank all of my readers during the past 2 years.
I’m giving away a limited edition Hello Kitty pen which is only available in Kobe!
(This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!)

Kobe-only Hello Kitty pen in Victorian era Western clothing 
(to depict westerners living in Kitano)

To enter, please comment on any thoughts you have on how I can improve my blog. This giveaway is open to my subscribers, and please be sure to leave your email address or your twitter name so I can contact you (you do not need to do this if we communicate regularly).  I will contact the winner on October 24th.

Hope you enjoyed this trip to Kitano Ijinkan-gai!

xoxo, K

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Giveaway winner! Bihada Diaries will now be…

Thanks for joining my giveaway! Bihada Diaries will now be…


The winner of my giveaway is coffretgorge. She has been contacted and will have 3 days to reply!

Over the next few days, you’ll see this blog as well as my twitter account move to cosmeddicted.  Thanks again for all of your support!

xoxo, K

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Giveaway: LE Kit Kats / Name Change

I’m almost at 500 followers.  Wow, that’s amazing!!!  As a thank you for your love, I’m doing another giveaway.

The prize:
Yes, that’s right.  A box of LE Kit-Kats!
 There are at least 7 flavors of Kit-Kats there, including:
– Mixed Juice
– Blueberry
– Aloe Yogurt
– Strawberry/Cranberry
– Sakura Matcha (Cherry Blossom Green Tea)
– Semi-sweet Almond
– Red Sweet Potato
and more!

What you need to do:
Suggest a domain name for me!
I’m looking for something new.  A lot of people are unable to pronounce “Bihada Diaries”, so I’d like the name to be composed of English words (so please, not bihadadiaries.com).  I’ll also get a gmail and twitter account.  You can enter as many times as you want.
In case you are wondering, “bihada” means “beautiful skin”.

This giveaway is open to everyone who is publicly following me via google friend connect.
The deadline is Friday, August 13, at 23:59 Japan time
Have fun!
xoxo, K
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Winner – 400 followers giveaway!

Thank you so much for all the great suggestions for a new MAC eyeshadow! There were over 75 entries!!

Guess what the most suggested eyeshadow was?  Surprisingly – Ricepaper!

Here are all the colors which got more than 1 vote:
6 votes: Ricepaper
4 votes: Amber Lights, Club
3 votes: Beautiful Iris, Contrast, Cork, Greensmoke, Humid, Patina, Stars ‘n Rockets, Sushi Flower, Trax
2 votes: Bronze, Jest, Naked Lunch, Romp, Shroom, Soba, Sweet Lust, Twinks

Thanks again!  I’ll be sure to check out some of these great colors!!

The giveaway winner is… 

Musicalhouses for her suggestion of Club!  

Please contact me (bihadadiaries at gmail dot com) with your full name and mailing address within 3 days!

Thanks again for joining my giveaway!

xoxo, K

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CLOSED – GIVEAWAY – Canmake Lipgloss & Blush

I’ve reached a whopping 400 followers!
Thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog!!!

To celebrate, I’m doing a quick giveaway!
Here are the prizes:
Canmake Nudy Glow Rouge Lipgloss in 06 Peach Milk
Canmake Cheek Gradation in 06 Candy Stripe

Peach Milk and Candy Stripe are the newest colors in these lines!
I’m so excited about these new colors since both Nudy Glow Rouge and Cheek Gradation are such popular products

No swatches since these are brand new and still sealed!!

Here’s what you need to do to win this!
In the comments, please answer this question:
What one MAC eyeshadow would you suggest I buy?
(1) Please suggest something I do not currently own.  I have the following:
Vanilla, All That Glitters, Nylon, Satin Taupe, Honey Lust, Sumptuous Olive, Mulch, Woodwinked, Carbon, Phloof!, Silver Ring, Goldmine, Parfait Amour
(the color you suggest does not have to be a neutral!)

(2) Please suggest something from the permanent line!
(3) If you are not familiar with MAC eyeshadows, this post from Temptalia may help!
(3) This giveaway is open to everyone who is publicly following my blog!
(4) The deadline is 23:59 on Saturday, May 15, Japan Standard Time!
Thank you so much for your love, and I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions!
xoxo, K
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