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Colors of Kobe - traditions, festivals, mentality and lifestyle

kobe Residents of Kobe are characterized by a respectful attitude to their traditions, some of which date back hundreds of years. The city has become known to many travelers thanks to its Festival of Light (Kobe Luminarie), which is now one of the most interesting events in its festive calendar. For the first time, this festival was held in 1995, and the reason for its organizing was very tragic. In 1995, a strong earthquake struck Kobe, killing thousands of citizens.
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After the earthquake, the city literally lay in ruins, a lot of money was needed to restore residential buildings and architectural monuments. To raise funds for the restoration of the city, it was decided to arrange a beautiful festival in memory of the victims of the terrible earthquake. The Italian government donated to the city 200,000 lights, electricity for them was generated from a biofuel.
The city was decorated with fantastic illumination for more than two weeks. Every evening the lights were lit for several hours. On the festive days, all the central streets are blocked for cars, so that it is more convenient for locals and tourists to admire the light installations. With such a beautiful holiday, it was possible to attract tourists who did not want to go to the ruined city but and raise enough funds to restore it. It was decided to hold the Festival Of Light in Kobe every year, and now at least three million tourists visit it annually. Copyright
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For the locals, this beautiful event continues to be a tragic memorable date, so on the festival's opening day they always observe a minute of silence to pray for the victims of the earthquake. In recent years, the beautiful holiday has expanded its program significantly. Interesting exhibitions and actions are organized within the framework of the festival, many of them have a charitable focus.
Kobe residents are known for their politeness and hospitality; every tourist will feel like a welcome guest in this city. Citizens have long been accustomed to a large number of tourists. To show your respect for them, you must follow the simple rules of local etiquette. First of all, it is necessary to be polite to everyone, which is always highly appreciated. Locals never use handshakes, unlike in many European countries. Here, they greet each other with a slight bow.
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Residents of Kobe are always ready to help foreign guests; many of them speak foreign languages. Before asking local people on the street, it is important to take into account one more important feature of their character - shyness. Due to this, it is best to seek help from middle-aged people, since young and older people are especially embarrassed to talk to strangers.
In general, local people can be characterized as very positive, cheerful and active people. City streets are never empty in the evenings, there are always a lot of young people walking around here. Kobe regularly hosts interesting fairs and festivals whose mandatory attributes are gastronomic programs. Townspeople love their traditional cuisine and are ready to eat some particular dishes literally every day and in any setting. Fried squid skewers sold in virtually all grocery markets are a great example.
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Local youth also have interesting features and traditions largely related to the variety of existing subcultures. Among young people living in Kobe, there are fans of world-famous anime, as well as modern music bands and actors. Such ardent fans try to look like they idols in all possible ways. The city has many specialized shops selling clothes and accessories for representatives of different subcultures.
artificial river If during a walk along the city streets you see guys dressed as cartoon characters, don't be surprised, as such bright and extraordinary young people are common here. Some tourists like to take pictures with originally dressed young people. Before taking a photo, be sure to ask them for permission. If you are young and green at heart, you can easily join the local youth culture. Just visit one of the thematic shops where you can pick a suit, a wig and all the other attributes necessary to imitate the chosen image. Kobe is a modern dynamic city, whose residents manage to preserve their good old traditions and keep abreast of the modern trends at the same time.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Kobe
♥   Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Tamatsukuri Church), 大阪 (Osaka), 32.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier (Kawaramachi Church), 京都 (Kyoto), 65.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Kobe
♥   Castle 'Akashi Castle' Akashi, 16.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Amagasaki Castle' Amagasaki, 23.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Itami Castle' Itami, 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Kishiwada Castle' Kishiwada, 31.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Osaka Castle' Osaka, 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sasayama Castle' Sasayama, 43.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sumoto Castle' Sumoto, 45.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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