Kobe Luminarie 2016

Kobe Luminarie 2016
No doubt everybody still remember “Hanshin Awaji earthquake 阪神淡路大震災”. It is a horrible disaster that hit Kansai area on 17th January 1995. Around 6,500 people were killed by this huge earthquake and 99% of victims Had been living in Hyogo prefectures. One of the biggest cities is Japan “Kobe” was also effected badly, all transportation was stopped, there are fires at many places is the city, water and electricity current supply were cut by big shake. People’s “usual” disappeared in a moment and all we could see was catastrophic damages afterwards.
In such tough situation, “Kobe Luminarie” is started as the event of reconstruction with the theme “Light of hope to Kobe” in the same year. The organization is established by Hyogo prefecture and Kobe city, and JR west Japan joined them as a special sponsor. Since 1995 this event was constantly held every year so far, and today known as the event of end of the year in Kobe.
The illumination designed by different artists from the world was so much fantastic yet captivating with uncountable lights. The various colored each small lights build up big art that was design among the theme of the year.
Yearly design of illumination
The times they turn on the lights are 6:00 pm on weekday and 5:00 pm on weekend. The moment of lighting up is very fantastic. If you want to see this moment, we recommend you to be there at least 15 minutes before the lighting up. But don’t get too close to the entrance of arch, watching from a bit far points is the best in my opinion.

And this is a message from an artist DANIEL MONTEBELTE who designed the illumination of 2016.

“Kobe Luminarie”, a winter festival weaved with the lights of
praying for repose souls and hope for the future.
Kobe has been reviving from earthquake as phoenix
with much dedication and great efforts of the its citizens.
Along with the eternal prayers to the victims,
Praise to the hope and fortitude of the people,
And of the glorious revival joy.
The 22nd Kobe Luminarie entrusted the hope and memories
to majestic “lyrics of 300,000 lights”,
and hand it down in the next generation.


Kobe Luminarie
Period 2nd December (Fri) – 11th December (Sun) 2016
Time (Mon-Thu) 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
(Fri) 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Sat) 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
(Sun) 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venue 旧外国人居留地および東遊園地
Website http://www.kobe-luminarie.jp/index.html
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Basic information of Osaka

About Osaka
The city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 small wards on 1st September in 1956. In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan’s first female governor. Sakai city was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 7 wards on 1st April in 2006.
Weather of Osaka
The average temperature: 16.9°C
The average annual rainfall: 1,279.0mm
The highest temperature: 33.4°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 2.8°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Fukuoka
Rainy season of Osaka
Rainy season in Osaka starts on 3rd – 7th June and end on 18th -24th July.
Rainy season of Fukuoka
Population of Osaka
The population of Osaka is around 8,838,000 as of June 2016. The population concentrate in Osaka city, accounts 30% of population of the whole Osaka prefecture.
Geography of Osaka
The area of Osaka prefecture is around 1,899 km2
Area rank: 2nd smallest of all 47 prefectures in Japan
Meaning that Osaka is the prefecture which has very high population density.
Popular local food of Osaka
Normally, we imagine “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼)” first as the most famous food in Osaka. Hiroshima styled Okonomiyaki piles up all ingredients on the plate. On the other hand, we mix all ingredients first before cooking in Osaka style. These two different style Okinomiyaki dividing popularity often be covered by TV program. In addition, udon is still very popular in Osaka. Soup color is much darker in comparison with Tokyo’s one.
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Transportation of Osaka
●JR West ●JR Central ●Osaka Municipal Subway ●Keihan Electric Railway ●Kintetsu Line ●Hankyu Line ●Nose Electric Railway ●Hanshin Electric Railway ●Nankai Electric Railway ●Semboku Rapid Railway ●Mizuma Rail way ●Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)
(Osaka station to Sannomiya station)
JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 27 mins / 410 Yen)
(Osaka station to Nara station)
JR Yamatoji Line (Kaisoku / 50 mins / 800 Yen) as on June 2016
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Osaka
Universal Studio Japan, Osaka castle, Dotonbori (道頓堀), PL fireworks festival
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Osaka
(2014) 660,930 people
(2015) 962,430 people (+ 45%)
Major events and festivals of Osaka
●Tenjin matsuri festival (around Osaka Tenmangu on 24th – 25th July)
●PL fireworks festival (at Tondabayashi city on 1st August)
●Osaka castle festival (at Osaka castle during 1st July to 30th November)
●Osaka Ebesu festival (at Imamiya shrine on 9th – 11th January)
●Kishiwada Danjiri festival (at Kishiwada city on the middle of September and the beginning of October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Osaka
Akiko Wada, Junichi Okada, Aiko, Takashi Fujii, Etsushi Toyokawa, Ken Hirai, Chisato Moritaka, Shigeru Mizuki, Ainosuke Kataoka, Takajin Yashiki, Nanase Aikawa, Ai Otsuka, UA, Noriyuki Makihara, Hidekazu Akai, Kenji Tamura and so on.
Professional sport teams of Osaka
>Gamba Osaka >Cerezo Osaka
>Orix Buffaloes
>Osaka Evessa
>Osaka Blazers Sakai >Suntory Sunbirds >Panasonic Panthers
>Kintesu Liners
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