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Celebrate Bon Odori By the Kobe Seaside

July 25, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Bon Odori festivals are well known as an entertaining and interesting summer events across Japan, and Kobe’s seaside fest is no exception. Bon Odori, or simply Bon dances, are some of the most exciting open-air parties that Japan offers, and they’re fun for all ages! Since the Obon holiday is celebrated traditionally by families returning […]

Kobe Love Port or the Minato Matsuri 2017

June 27, 2017 by admin

The Kobe Love Port (Minato Matsuri) is an annual festival held on Dainitotte (the 2nd Pier) east of Meriken Park close to the Port Terminal station on the Portliner. The festival celebrates Marine Day, express gratitude for the blessings of the ocean, and hope for prosperity in the coming year.  This festival has a distinct nautical theme, but in most other […]

Kobe Matsuri: A Japanese Celebration with Western Influences

April 22, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Although the Kobe Matsuri is a relatively young street festival – it began in 1971 – the roots of the celebration twist much further back in time to an unexpected source. Back in the 1930s, when Japan was not immune from the ills of the worldwide economic depression, city officials sought a way to lift […]

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