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Kobe Luminarie 2012

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The Kobe Luminarie light festival is not exactly a Christmas related illumination event. The lights are a memorial to the Hanshin earthquake in 1995 which claimed over 6000 lives and devastated Kobe. A tragic event that was but Kobe has managed to rebuilt itself and standing strong now.

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Going back in time a little here. After getting off at the Sannomiya Station, you can sorta just follow the stream of crowds and eventually there will be signs and people with signs pointing you in the right direction to see the lights.

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It wasn’t hard to miss the crowd that were going to same destination ^^;.

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Fancy building behind me. No way to get a closer shot as I was forced to walk in the opposite direction away from it by the crowds ^^;.

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Getting closer and closer… there was absolutely no way to turn back now.

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The display was nothing short of magnificent and beautiful. That’s all I can say about it.

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Looking back from the end of the path. But this is not all there is to see. IMG_1242 IMG_1243 IMG_1244 IMG_1245 IMG_1247 IMG_1248 IMG_1249 IMG_1250 IMG_1251

A bit past the arches are a few more “smaller” illumination displays, starting with an enclosure/fence of sorts where you can walk inside and be surrounded 360 degrees by thousands of light bulbs.

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The rest of the displays. The illuminations start at around 5:30 PM and stays on until around 10 PM or so but sadly, it ended last Monday. Gotta wait for next year ^^;

And this is the last of the illuminations I went to. With that said, I wish you all have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

10 thoughts on “Kobe Luminarie 2012

  1. Merry christmas Z!
    Enjoyed reading the whole japan-related blog posts of yours for 2 days straight just in time I got bored from staying idle from my injury last week. keep posting!

    • Hey! It’s been awhile! Great to hear from you. Thanks for dropping by and Merry Christmas to you too! Hope you have a speedy recovery!

  2. I went to see the Luminarie last year–absolutely beautiful. Loved your photos!
    My post about Luminarie is here ( http://besudesuabroad.com/2012/12/05/kobe-luminarie-japan/ ) if you’re interested ^^
    Merry Christmas!

  3. What an absolutely beautiful light spectacle. You got some great pics.

  4. Happy belated Christmas and New Year!

    What was that on the sixth picture? Is it part of the structure? I thought it was your camera lens or you took the shot behind some round sort of glass panel.

    The whole street is golden with the light from the arches. The motif of the structure has a Hindu feel to it.

    • That was just a random “gate” of sorts on the street. It is exactly how you see it in the photo – a giant “ring” on an intersection. Looks cool and modern but sorta out of place in the whole area XD.

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  6. Officially want to visit Kobe on my next trip because of your photos. I’ve skipped Kobe many times before…but the night scenery looks bloody amazing.

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