Kobe Illumination 2018

Hello everyone,

so recently, it seems I have been writing my blog posts about many emotional topics and the pros and cons of living in Japan. Today, I would like to take a few minutes to illuminate your day and speak about one of the spectacles in Japan during their Christmas season.  On December 12th, 2018 I had the pleasure of attending the Kobe Luminarie spectacle. This event has been created to commemorate the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. It is extremely close to both the Motomachi and Kobe-Sannomiya JR Lines for those who are interested in taking a peek. Now some illuminations run from October to nearly the start of February (Tokyo), however, the Kobe illumination festivities only last for about a week and 2 days (Dec 7-16th). This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean you have to enter while you have the chance. Also, like many things, it is better to enter during the weekdays compared to the weekends. The light displays are designed by Italian and Japanese artists under the notion to inspire hope in the Earthquake recovery.

In all the turmoil of homesickness, life-altering choices, work stress and life’s problems, a stop at a light festival with one of my Canadian friends seemed like it would be a good decision. So without further adieu, here are my photos of the Kobe Illumination.

There were light shows and quite a bit of live entertainment the night when we attended the night show. It was very refreshing seeing someone I knew from such a long time ago, and after speaking with her it seemed as I and have similar experiences with Japan. In this video I have taped Kobe’s illumination alongside the music. I don’t think the Japanese could understand the type of song they were listening to, but because it sounded pretty it was alright.

Oh, I even saw some Junior High School students (Not my own) holding hands and going on dates in the park. It really surprised me to see any JHS students dating because if they did that in my town, they would be the talk of the town.

Although, Canada also has many light festivals, such as at Niagara Falls, I was incredibly happy to visit the big city for this show. I occasionally miss the big city because I reside in the countryside, but at the same time I enjoy the peaceful bliss of not having to trounce through crowds of people everywhere that I go. This is just one of the brilliant things Japan has to offer and if you would like to visit or have any questions please feel free to comment.

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