On Saturday, February 9, we took the Kobe PR Ambassadors out on a fun, festive evening to highlight the 3-day weekend. First, we took a walk through “Nankinmachi”, Kobe’s Chinatown and one of the only few Chinatowns in Japan. When Japan ended its 300-year closed border policy in 1868, Kobe became one of the first port cities to be opened for foreign trade, welcoming merchants from all over Europe and Asia. A number of Chinese merchants were allowed to settle in what is now Nankinmachi, and the district is celebrating its 150th anniversary since the first residents immigrated from southern China. Nankinmachi celebrated the Lunar New Year this weekend, so in addition to the usual paper lanterns and food stalls, there were festive decorations, exciting performances, and entertaining people in costume. Our PR Ambassadors wound their way through the large crowds (as to be expected from a festival!), and tried not to get too distracted by the mouthwatering smells of pork buns and sesame seed doughnuts. They watched a lion dance and then had the rare opportunity …
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.
“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.
Discovering the traditional Japanese side of the modern, cosmopolitan city Kobe
10 recommendations for great gourmet in Kobe, Japan
Discovering art, history and sake in Kobe on the 3rd PR Ambassador tour
PR Ambassador Kristi explores five fun things to do in Kobe that the whole family will enjoy!
This year is packed to the gills with commemorative events and celebrations for #KobePort150!
Enjoying nature and learning about Kobe, Japan history in the first 2017-2018 PRA tour
First official tour of the year, Sunday May 28th
People who shaped Kobe through the ages brought back to life