Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas in Kobe

My first and only night in Kobe was spent here, at the Luminarie,  the annual holiday light festival. 

This event commemorates the earthquake in 1995. This was especially symbolic because I traveled to Kobe with a Japanese friend who was living in Osaka, just one hour away, at the time of the earthquake. Almost twenty years later, she vividly remembers that earthquake, like so many will remember the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. 

What you can't know from looking at these photos is the beautiful choral music that played through the streets as visitors walked under this cathedral of lights.

This will forever be one of my best holiday memories. 


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