Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

Mar 28, 2015

Soraku-en: Kobe's well-grounded garden

by Stephen Mansfield

On Jan. 17, 1995, as the city of Kobe suffered one of the country’s worst earthquakes in living memory, the rocks, artificial hills and root systems of Soraku-en, a Meiji period (1868-1912) circuit garden, held firm. This was rather remarkable, given the extent of ...

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

Feb 7, 2015

Kansai proves no barrier to travel

by Suzanne Kamata

Having planned a family trip from our home in Tokushima Prefecture to Kobe and Osaka, we packed our 14-year-old daughter’s wheelchair in the car and took the highway to Awaji Island. By flashing our daughter’s red techo (an identification card for individuals with disabilities ...

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

Jan 17, 2015

Kobe pauses 20 years after killer quake

by Eric Johnston

A crowd of nearly 14,000 gathered at a park early Saturday to light candles in remembrance of those who died. As incense wafted through the air, the dark, chilly morning was pierced by a moment of silence at exactly 5:46 a.m. “I lost my ...

Hyogo group issues multilingual disaster preparation guidebook

Oct 15, 2014

Hyogo group issues multilingual disaster preparation guidebook

The Hyogo International Association in Hyogo Prefecture has created a disaster preparation guidebook in nine languages, including Vietnamese and Spanish, for families that can’t speak Japanese. The guidebook provides explanations of eight kinds of natural disasters common in Japan, including mudslides, and Japanese terms ...

Kobe slaying victim's school to go ahead with sports day

Sep 30, 2014

Kobe slaying victim's school to go ahead with sports day

The elementary school in Kobe grieving over the murder of a 6-year-old student will press ahead with its sports day this weekend — at the family’s request. Mirei Ikuta went missing in Nagata Ward on Sept. 11. Her dismembered body was found dumped in ...