Giant Christmas Tree in Kobe to Symbolize Quake Reconstruction (News)
Kobe, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)—A towering 30-meter-high Christmas tree was placed at the port of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday as a symbol of reconstruction of areas devastated by earthquakes.
The 24-ton hiba arborvitae, placed at the port's Meriken Park, is taller than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York that was about 29 meters tall last year, according to organizers of the Kobe tree project.
The project, led by Nishihata Seijun, president of Sora Botanical Garden, based in the Hyōgo city of Kawanishi, is designed to offer prayers from Kobe for areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the Tōhoku northeastern region and the April 2016 earthquakes in the southwestern prefecture of Kumamoto and surrounding areas.
Kobe itself was devastated by a massive earthquake in January 1995.
The Kobe Christmas tree, shipped from Himi in the central prefecture of Toyama, will be decorated with reflective material on which children in disaster-hit areas as well as Kobe citizens will write their wishes.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]