KOBE — The Kaigan Building, once a symbol of Kobe’s former “kyoryuchi,” or foreigners’ district, in Chuo Ward, has been resurrected and enlarged, after the original structure was destroyed in the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

The first four floors of the building opened Monday, retaining the original brick, granite and concrete walls. The fifth to 15th stories are completely new and resemble a glass tower.

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