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Celebrate Bon Odori By the Kobe Seaside

July 25, 2017 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 […]

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Kobe Jazz Street Festival

September 27, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Being a bustling port city has brought a lot of exciting international culture and influence to Kobe. One such cultural addition to the city over the years is jazz music, which is celebrated annually with an entertaining ‘Kobe Jazz Street’ festival. The European architecture of the houses and churches that line the Kitano district make […]

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