Kobe Luminarie: “Twenty-Five Years Guided by the Light of Hope”
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Twenty-Fifth Festival of Light in Kobe
Kobe Luminarie is being held for the twenty-first time this year. The festival of light was first staged in December 1995 to bring repose to the souls of the victims of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and it has been held every year since to pass on the memory of the disaster.
On December 6, the first day of the event, the temperature was a chilly 7.5°C as of 5 p.m., but a large crowd of Kobe citizens and others gathered to watch the opening ceremony, which included a moment of silence to pray for the quake victims. The assembled people raised their voices in awe when the lights were turned on—about half a million bulbs illuminating the site.
Some 3.4 Million Visitors Expected
According to the organizers, the theme of this year’s Kobe Luminarie is “Twenty-Five Years, Guided by the Light of Hope.” The event is expected to attract about the same number of visitors as last year, when 3.43 million people came.
Dates and Times
The festival runs through December 15. The site is illuminated from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. from Monday through Thursday, 6:00–10:00 on Friday, 5:00–10:00 on Saturday, and 5:00–9:30 on Sunday.
(Originally published in Japanese on The Page on December 6, 2019. Translated and edited by Nippon.com.)