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Kobe Luminarie, Kobe

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Kobe Luminarie (神戸ルミナリエ) is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, every December since 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake of that year. The lights were donated by the Italian Government and the installation itself is produced by Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka. Over 200,000 individually hand painted lights are lit each year with electricity generated from biomass in order to stay environmentally friendly.
Lights are kept up for about two weeks and turned on for a few hours each evening. Major streets in the vicinity are closed to auto traffic during these hours to allow pedestrians to fill the streets and enjoy the lights. It is viewed by about three to five million people each year.
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  • We were there on the opening night, December 6, 2019. There were thousand of visitors. It was worthwhile waiting for about an hour to listen to the chorus. The event last until December 15th. Try to.....  more »
  • These European designs of multi-colored lights are lovely. Each year the designs are changed. Starting near Motomachi station, there are streets blocked off for the “walk”. The lights are in memory....  more »
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