You may have oft heard that Japan has four seasons. Of course many other countries do too, but the sudden (and oh-so-brief) burst of autumn splendor between the sweltering island summer and freezing dry winter is like an oasis of optical bliss. No wonder, then, that we would take our PR Ambassadors to see the fantastic fall foliage in one of the best autumnal sightseeing spots in Kobe: Zuihoji Park in the Arima Onsen hot springs area. Thirteen of our ambassadors took many gorgeous photos of the stunning leaves in Zuihoji Park. They participated in an outdoor tea ceremony, in which they were able to enjoy delightful traditional Japanese snacks and learn the special way of turning the teacup before drinking the matcha green tea. The tea was suuuper bitter (no simple syrup or milk like you’d get at the coffee shop), but the intense sweetness of the confection paired well with it. Our ambassadors also had the chance to take a photo together with geisha and interact with the locals while nibbling on oden …
When you hear “Kobe”, you think of a bustling city with Kobe beef around every corner, right? But Kobe also has a diverse agricultural industry that includes rice, fruits, and vegetables! Eleven of our PR Ambassadors went to Kande Village on October 14, the day of our third official PR Ambassador Tour in 2018. They gained an appreciation of how much work goes into farming by harvesting rice plants with traditional sickles and digging (giant) sweet potatoes out of the ground. And of course they got the chance to appreciate the fresh flavors of food straight from a farm by eating warm, handmade rice balls for lunch…and peeling mikans (mandarin oranges) they picked themselves at the orchard for dessert! *drool* For more information: Visit the Harvest Kobe Urban Agritourism site to learn more about what tasty tours you can go on! And if you know Japanese (or have a helpful Japanese-fluent friend), you can contact Kande Farm Village directly for information about the farms and facilities (including a farm-to-fork lunch buffet) in the area! Picture Gallery
Have you heard of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge? Connecting Awaji Island and Kobe as part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway, the bridge stretches 3,911 meters and holds the title of longest suspension bridge in the world (and seventh-tallest!). On September 2, the day of the second official PR Ambassador Tour of 2018, twelve of our lovely PR Ambassadors visted this bridge 20 years after its completion. For more information: Visit the Akashi Kaikyo BRIDGE EXHIBITION CENTER (Japanese site) to learn about its history and construction! Make a reservation to go on the Bridge World Tour (Japanese/English site) yourself! Picture Gallery
We enjoyed Mt. Rokko that is national park in May! It was so relaxing weekend with beautiful weather. The guides from Mt. Rokko cable car and tourism company, they gave us great experiences at alpine botanical garden, musical box museum, garden terrace, and so on. It was great, thank you so much!!
April 2018 Appointment Ceremony On April 24 2018, 25 non-Japanese people who live, work or study in Kobe were apointed to their roles as Kobe PR Ambassadors for one year. They received their certificates from Mayor Kizo Hisamoto and were interviewed.
Have you heard of Gagaku? It is a type of music that was originally brought to Japan from the Chinese continent, and is known to be the oldest surviving music in Japan. The Kobe PR Ambassadors were lucky to be invited to a special performance at Ikuta Shrine on Monday 12th March 2018, which included not just music, but dancing too.
Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 Kobe PR Ambassador scheme! Thank you to all those of you who applied. We had a great response and are now working on screening the applications. Here is how things will play out: Application schedule (Tentative) ・Thursday February 1st 2018, 9:00am until Wednesday February 28th 2018, 5:00pm: Application period ・Early March 2018: Application form screening ・Mid March 2018: Interviews *We will get in contact with applicants who pass the application form screening to arrange an interview. ・Early April 2018: Final selection and notifications ・Late April 2018: Appointment Ceremony *The Appointment Ceremony is planned to take place on a weekday in late April. *Schedule is subject to change As always, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see the latest news!
“Kobe” always calls to mind images of juicy beef, but did you know that you can also go fruit picking in Kobe? On Sunday 11th February, the PR Ambassadors took a trip to Kita Ward’s Ozo-cho, around 30 minutes’ drive north of Sannomiya, to try their hand at picking strawberries on the final tour of 2017-2018.
Announcing the winners of the #MyKobeSeasons Kobe PR Ambassadors photo contest
Discovering the traditional Japanese side of the modern, cosmopolitan city Kobe
Take part in the Kobe PR Ambassador #mykobeseasons photo contest to win great Kobe prizes!
Kobe PR Ambassadors go dragnet fishing on the Suma Coast and experience Kobe’s diverse sea life