||Kobe Jazz Street
11:05 a.m., October 12 (Sat.)
|A regular event
in the fall, now in the 15th year in a row. Dixie Marching Band of
about 20 players parades from Hankyu Sannomiya Station all the way
up to the Kitano-zaka to announce the opening of events.
|| Viccel Kobe
wins place in the J-League
|| Kobe Universiade
2:40 p.m., October 27 (Sun.)
Viccel secured entry to the J-League by defeating NTT Kanto in the
final match of the Japan Football League. Manager Baxter was hoisted
in the midst of roaring cheers and tapes thrown by team supporters.
|| "Kobe Sound
Scene" at midnight in uptown Kobe
|| Verandah of
Midnight, November 3 (Sun.)
| Sounds picked
up in a minute before and after each hour for 24 hours on a day are
put together, i.e. you can hear sounds of a whole day in 25 minutes.
CD player's display tells you the time recording was made. For instance,
if the display shows 5 min., it means the sound scene at 5:00 a.m.
with an approaching newsman's motorbike; 14 min. is 2:00 as a ship
blows a whistle in the Port of Kobe; 18 min. is 6:00 p.m., sweet-potato
baker crying on the street.
|| Gateway to
Kobe, Bullet Train Shin-Kobe Station
Land Bridge facing the Kumochi Hachiman Shrine
6:43 p.m., November 9 (Sat.)
Line Shin-Kobe Station where 157 trains stops a day. Streets of Kobe
one sees after alighting the bullet train give a relieving feel after
a hectic business trip. I don't think I am the only person who feels
|| Tourists in
Kitano Ijinkan Area
11:55 a.m., November 10 (Sun.)
severely damaged 24 Ijinkan (old foreigners' residences). I visited
Kitano-cho on this day when 21 Ijinkan were opened after being restored.
Footsteps and chats of people going up and down slopes made me feel
that tourists were coming back to this town.
|| Nunobiki Fall
|| Nunobiki Park,
4:27 p.m., November 10 (Sun.)
| Among a total
of four falls, Odaki (male fall), 43 m tall and 4 m wide, is the largest.
Many hikers visit as falls are on a popular hiking course.
|| Light sculpture
Kobe Luminarie opening
|| Lighting ceremony,
Old Foreign Concession
5:45 p.m., December 12 (Thur.)
Moment of lighting,
5:27 p.m., December 14 (Sat.)
| Many events
were suspended in the earth of earthquake, but "Kobe Luminarie" was
born in that year. This time, in much larger scale with 220,000 bulbs
were lit up in four sites for 14 days. At the lighting ceremony, the
Bell of Hope first rang in the pitch dark night, then bulbs were turned
on all at the same time, enveloped in cheers and clapping of hands.
Equally huge burst of joyful cries at the Higashi Park on the moment
of lighting up.
|| Rokko Ski
|| Rokko Country
10:16 a.m., December 15 (Sun.)
| The only (man-made)
ski slope in Kobe. First Sunday in the year after opening on the 10th.
The 260 m long and 50 m wide slope was filled with many skiers of
all ages and families.
|| Kobe Fresh
Market on New Year's Eve
10:48 a.m., December 31 (Tue.)
| Kobe Fresh
Market, Kobe's kitchen, is a term for a complex of five shopping districts
and markets to the north side of Minatogawa Park. Bustling sounds
were picked up as I walked through shopping centers packed with people
shopping New Year's goods.
Bell at Arima Hot Spa
|| Onsen Temple,
11:45 p.m., December 31 (Tue.)
| Arima Hot
Spa, one of the nation's oldest spas alongside Kusatsu and Dogo. At
the Onsen Temple there, first 108 happy people are allowed to strike
the watch-night bell. People on hot-spring cure clad in dressing gowns
pay homage to the temple at the start of a new year, leaving sounds
of wooden clogs on the cobbled streets.