Kobe Luminarie

Last Saturday night we went & visited the Kobe Luminarie, and we weren’t alone!

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As we walked through malls towards the general area, the crowd got bigger & bigger until it felt like we were in a sports crowd or exiting a big concert! As we got closer we entered closed off streets, with highly organised fencing and temporary pedestrian crossings for people who weren’t going to the Luminarie!

After walking for quite a while, a Chinese couple came up & asked us if we knew what it was we were walking towards? I laughed & tried to explain, but was wondering WTF must they have been thinking? Caught up in a crowd, that just kept getting bigger & bigger!?! Where are we all going? In hindsight I should have made up something more implausible…

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We must have walked for half an hour or more, all the time circling the location and slowly getting closer… until we finally entered the street of the Luminarie

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Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held in Kobe, Japan, every December since 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake of that year. According to wikipedia “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.”

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The layered perspective of the lighting was truly magic, and the light projected on to everything & everyone

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After walking through it we approached what looked like a castle or church, covered in lights…

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As we got closer it became apparent that it was a church made of light & you could go inside!

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These photos don’t do it justice – the experience was quite amazing!

 

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