Discovering Kobe Port
15 of the 19 2016-2017 PR Ambassadors came to the first official PR Ambassador Tour themed around Kobe Port, soon to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2017.
The tour kicked off with a visit to the Maritime Museum. PR Ambassadors were interested to hear about the history of the Port, the painstakingly crafted models on display, and particularly the ship model made with thousands of pearls and jewels. The second floor balcony gave the PR Ambassadors a different view on the distinctive wave-shaped roof of the Museum, which is usually only pictured from afar.
Kawasaki World proved a hit, and the PR Ambassadors learned new facts about the Kobe-based company, such as the fact that “Jet ski” is their registered trademark, and that they created the machine that dug the Channel Tunnel. They saw many motorcycles produced by the company, including one that is the same model as the one Tom Cruise rode in the 80s movie Top Gun, and then moved on to the interactive display area where they tried their hand at a jet ski game, took the driving seat of a Shinkansen bullet train, and saw the impressive dexterity of a Kawasaki-produced robot arm.
Next on the itinerary was an exclusive cruise on the Fantasy. PR Ambassadors braved the choppy waters on the hour-long cruise around the Port of Kobe, and their guide explained many key points along the route, such as a docked submarine (all Japanese submarines are produced here in Kobe), a huge onion (a signboard of a local onion trading company), and the container cranes (operated by a brave person seated many metres above ground with a glass floor). The PR Ambassadors also showed interest in the story of how Port Island and Rokko Island were created, by transporting land on conveyor belts down from Mt. Rokko.
After returning to land, the PR Ambassadors took a visit up Port Tower, where they took pictures from the observation deck and tested their nerves by standing on the glass floor section with a view straight down to the ground!
The final section of the tour was a photo walk around the area. The PR Ambassadors took a group photo with the iconic Kobe symbols in the background, and then made their way to Harborland station, taking photos along the way. A quick trip to Kyukyoryuchi station on the Subway Kaigan Line, and PR Ambassadors sampled authentic Chinese specialities in Nankinmachi (Chinatown) before finishing the tour with a walk along the boutique-lined Otsunaka Street.
The day was a rainy one, but this did not dampen the spirits of the PR Ambassadors who took part!
Photos and videos of the day from the PR Ambassadors: