Jul 4, 2014

Kobe ties free Wi-Fi access offer to passports

Officials in Kobe said Friday the city will launch a free wireless Internet service for foreign tourists from the end of this month. The service is aimed at improving services for tourists visiting the city while encouraging them to share their experiences instantly on ...

Pen inks reflect colors of Kobe city

Jun 18, 2014

Pen inks reflect colors of Kobe city

by Kenichi Iinuma

When Kobe was struggling to recover from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, stationery designer Naoyuki Takeuchi would take solace in the vivid colors of nature found around town. In 2007, the employee of Nagasawa Stationery Center in Kobe’s Chuo Ward launched a fountain pen ...

Jan 26, 2014

Jury still out on Kansai union's worth

by Eric Johnston

A useless talk shop that will ultimately be remembered as a massive waste of taxpayer money, or a farsighted experiment that will someday be seen as the forerunner of a fundamentally new system of central government? That’s the question that supporters and critics of ...

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Jan 17, 2014

Quake-hit Kobe calls for vigilance 19 years on

Memorial ceremonies Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which devastated Kobe and the surrounding area, resulting in the loss of 6,434 lives. Survivors of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami joined Kansai residents at the ceremonies, observing a moment ...

Jan 8, 2014

Kobe neighborhood gets spicy with 'kimchi town' moniker

by Tomohiro Osaki

A Kobe neighborhood densely populated with Korean residents is now touting itself as the “town of kimchi,” having created brochures that have proved more popular than expected. The city’s Nagata Ward published 1,000 brochures in November detailing its Korean-related history and mapping the locations ...

Seniors can still make Koshien dream come true

Dec 23, 2013

Seniors can still make Koshien dream come true

by Kento Iwamura

Makoto Chogahara, 48, is making it possible for former high school baseball players to once again chase their dream of playing in Koshien Stadium, home of the national tournament. Chogahara, an associate professor at Kobe University’s Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, founded ...

Kobe art museum gets into the spirit of Christmas

Nov 20, 2013

Kobe art museum gets into the spirit of Christmas

Christmas decorations representing 2013 were shown to the public Wednesday at a house museum in the historical Kitano district at the foot of Mount Rokko in Kobe. The display features a Santa Claus clambering up the tower at the Uroko Museum of Art, also ...

Oct 13, 2013

Eight newcomers run for mayor in Kobe, Kawasaki

Official campaigning for the Kobe and Kawasaki mayoral elections kicked off Sunday, with neither city’s incumbents seeking re-election. In Kobe, the five candidates include Yasuko Morishita, 48, a former member of the Kobe Municipal Assembly, and Yuna Nukina, 61, a civic group representative backed ...