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Kobe Port Tower and Meriken Park 神戸ポートタワー・メリケンパーク


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A symbol of Kobe, Kobe Port Tower was built in 1963 on the fringe of the waterfront Meriken Park. The tower is 108 meters high, designed like the tsuzumi taiko shoulder drum. Meriken Park is Kobe's waterfront park that includes Kobe Maritime Museum, South American emigration monument, outdoor sculptures, and the preserved dock that was damaged by the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.

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Kitano Ijinkan 北野町山本通・異人館


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Near Sannomiya Station, Kitano is a district dotted with numerous Western-style homes built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when foreigners were allowed to reside in Kobe. Many homes are open to tourists.

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Kobe Luminarie 2018 神戸ルミナリエ


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The Kansai Region's most popular holiday lights held every Dec. in memory of the 1995 Hanshin Earthquake. Over 3 million people see it during the 10 days the Italian-style illumination is displayed. Held since Dec. 1995, this is the 24th one in Dec. 2018. The lights are on from 6 pm or 5 pm (weekends) to 9:30 pm or 10 pm. Near JR Motomachi Station.

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Great Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake 阪神大震災


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On Jan. 17, 1995, the Kobe area was devastated by a huge earthquake, killing over 6,000 people. I visited Kobe 10 days after the quake hit. I show these photos on the 15th anniversary of the killer quake.

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Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction 神戸市立海外移住と文化の交流センター


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Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction was originally the National Emigration Center (国立移民収容所) where Japanese immigrants stayed before traveling mainly to South America (especially Brazil) by boat. It opened in 1928.
Today, it is partially a museum where a few of the old rooms used by the emigrants have been restored. Other rooms are rented, including an event hall, meeting rooms, and gallery spaces. It includes a consultation center for South American residents of Kobe. 15-min. walk from JR Motomachi Station (East Exit) on the JR Tokaido/Kobe Line.
Museu da Emigração e Centro de Intercâmbio Cultural de Kobe

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