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Kobe PR Ambassadors

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.

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1st tour PRA 2018, Mt. Rokko Hike

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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!!

Gagaku at Ikuta Shrine

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.
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Applications now closed for 2018-2019

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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#MyKobeSeasons photo contest winners

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.

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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 “Hassha Meguri” eight shrines tour

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.

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The names of deities enshrined in each shrine

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A Beginner’s Guide to Kobe Food Culture (& A Brief History for How It Got That Way)

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.

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Dragnet fishing

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!

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Bringing in the net

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A day of Art, History and Sake in Kobe

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.

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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!

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Top five things to do with kids in Kobe, Japan

Top 5 things to do with kids in Kobe (or just fun loving adults!)

Thinking about adding Kobe to your Japan trip itinerary? It’s worth a stop for the beef and a view of Japanese life outside of Kyoto and Tokyo. Here’s a quick synopsis of 5 things to do with your kids that will keep them engaged and having fun on your trip. If your kids are like mine, they are not interested in visiting more temples, shrines and museums!

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