When you think of Kobe, is the first thing that comes to mind the world famous Kobe Beef?
Or is it the baseball player, Kobe Bryant?
A lot of people around the world don’t know that Kobe is actually a thriving, dynamic, and achingly beautiful city in Japan, just next to its bigger and more famous neighbour, Osaka.
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!
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
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“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.
Over 500 public photos were uploaded to the #MyKobeSeasons photo contest with a seasonal tag. With so many entries it was very hard to decide the winners, but the Kobe PR Ambassadors have voted and the results are in! Congratulations to all the winners, who will receive some great Kobe prizes.
Visit the winners’ accounts:
Spring Gold Silver (1) Silver (2)
Summer Gold Silver (1) Silver (2)
Autumn Gold Silver (1) Silver (2)
Winter Gold Silver (1) Silver (2)
Look out for more chances to get involved in the Kobe PR Ambassador scheme, or even apply to become a Kobe PR Ambassador yourself!
Kobe is well known as an international, modern city that offers a look into real Japanese daily life for those who visit. However, it is less well known that the city is home to historical shrines that are hundreds of years old (and in the case of Ikuta Shrine, over a thousand years old).
You may know that Kobe’s central area Sannomiya is named after Sannomiya Shrine, and that Sannomiya 三宮 is literally “Three shrine”. But did you know that there is also Ichinomiya (One shrine), Ninomiya (Two shrine)… all the way to Hachinomiya (Eight shrine)? On Saturday December 2nd 2017, the Kobe PR Ambassadors went on a tour to visit them all.
The names of deities enshrined in each shrine
To commemorate the start of the new Kobe PR Ambassadors Instagram account, we are holding the #MyKobeSeasons Instagram Photo Contest from Wednesday 1st November – Sunday 31st December 2017!
When people first arrive in Kobe they commonly believe they’ll eat a lot of sushi and lose a lot of weight. Neither, it turns out, happens for most. Kobe has one of the most diverse, imaginative, and deletable food cultures in the world where both washoku (和食) (Japanese Cuisine) and yōshuku (洋食) (Foreign Cuisine) have been utterly mastered. You will become spoiled by the experience of dining in Kobe so badly that you may never want to return home again because they do so many things so well.
Kobe is a city of gourmet, but one often overlooked aspect of this reputation lies in its seafood. The Kobe PR Ambassadors, along with other non-Japanese residents of Kobe, had a special chance to go dragnet fishing on the Suma coast and take home some just-caught fish. You don’t get fresher than that!
Bringing in the net
The Port City Kobe Art Festival, held from September 16 to October 15 2017, has a fun twist- the many outdoor installations can be viewed on a cruise, and some can only be seen onboard.
Interactive art on the cruise, overlapping poems about Kobe with the backdrop
The surprise performance on the ship involves a fun audience participation aspect- should you wish to take part, that is!