Kobe Luminarie – Festival of Lights
For two weeks in December Kobe, Japan becomes a winter wonderland of lights.
Known as the Kobe Luminarie, the light show is a memorial to the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995. The first show that year, under the banner ‘Dreams and Light’, was held as a message of hope to celebrate the city’s remarkable recovery.
Now an annual event, over 200,000 individually hand painted lights, donated by the Italian Government, are lit each year in the city’s Old Foreign Settlement, Produced by designers Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka each year has a new theme and attracts 5 million visitors.