Pandemic Cancels Kobe Luminarie for Second Time in a Row; Replacement event at 7 locations


People will see one of the “Rosone” factories in Kobe’s Chuo Ward on December 3, 2021. This particular work was exhibited in the former overseas settlement of Kobe, which was established after the port of Kobe was opened to foreign trade in 1868, during the first edition of the Kobe Luminarie Illumination event in 1995, the year the fatal Large Hanshin earthquake struck the region. (Mainichi / Naohiro Yamada) = Click / tap on the photo for more pictures.

KOBE – A discounted replacement lighting event for the annual Kobe Luminarie, which has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic, is taking place at seven locations in this western Japanese city’s Chuo Ward.

In the replacement event, which began on December 3rd, some of the previous illumination work will be shown at the venues.

The Kobe Luminarie is an annual winter event launched in 1995 by the Organizing Committee, including the city government, to pray for the victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck the region on January 17th of that year and for the region’s rebuilding . In 2019, around 3.47 million people attended the event, which was canceled for the first time last year due to the spread of coronavirus infections.

This year nine lighting works with the common title “Rosone”, the Italian word for a round rose window made of stained glass – each with a diameter of about 3 meters – will be illuminated at seven locations, including Kobe East Park and Sannomiya Center Gai Shopping Street between sunset and approx. 9:00 p.m. until December 12th.

Until the 2019 edition, the Rosone works could be seen at the end of a 300-meter-long illuminated archway.

(Japanese original by Shinya Yamamoto, Kobe Bureau)


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