Kobe

Skyline and Port of Kobe Tower Kansai, Japan

Skyline and Port of Kobe Tower Kansai, Japan

Kobe:

Kobe is the capital of Hyogo Prefecture and  is the sixth-largest city in Japan.  Kobe has been an important port city for many centuries. Its port was among the first to be opened to foreign trade in the 19th century alongside the ports of Yokohama, Nagasaki, Hakodate and Niigata. Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889. Its name comes from “kanbe” , an archaic title for supporters of the city’s Ikuta Shrine. Kobe became one of Japan’s 17 designated cities in 1956.

 

 

Cityscape of Kobe city from Mt. Shisho, Hyogo Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

Cityscape of Kobe city from Mt. Shisho, Hyogo Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

In 1995, Kobe was hit by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which killed over 5000 people and destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Today the city is completely rebuilt, and few signs of the terrible event remain. Today, Japanese port of Kobe is a thriving metropolitan city with an international feel.

History:

Tools found in western Kobe demonstrate the area was populated at least from the Jomon period[14000BC-300BC]. The natural geography of the area, particularly of Wada Cape in Hyogo-ku, led to the development of a port, which would remain the economic center of the city. Some of the earliest written documents mentioning the region include the Nihon Shoki, which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jingu in AD 201.

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