The time has finally come. On February 24th, I will be leaving to live and work in Kobe, Japan! During my last trip to Japan, I made a day trip to Kobe and loved the port city and all its charm. Kobe is Japan’s 6th largest city with a population of 1.5 million people and is perfectly situated between the mountains and the sea. I am extremely happy with my placement and have even been given my own private apartment! Over the past few weeks, I have been doing a lot of research on the surrounding area of my new home. Here are some photos and attractions that I’ve collected so far in my search:
- Kobe Port reminds me of the inner harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Kobe port tower, Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel, and Meriken Park all reflect their neon lights onto the bay just like charm city’s National Aquarium.
2. Kobe’s green backdrop is courtesy of the Rokko mountain range with Mt. Rokko being the highest peak. Cable cars provide service up the mountain with access to many different attractions such as a botanical garden, a music box museum, a pasture with flowers and sheep, a golf course, restaurants , shops, and an observation deck.
3. The Ikuta shrine is a shinto shrine known to be one of the oldest shrines in all of Japan. It also happens to be only a ten minute walk from my apartment!
4. The Tetsujin 28-go (Iron Man Number 28) Monument is a 59-foot tall statue built to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Great Hanshin earthquake (Kobe, January 17th, 1995). The statue symbolizes the revival of Kobe and acts as a guardian for future disasters.
5. Twenty-five minutes from my apartment lies Suma beach, 2 kilometers of white sandy beach that hosts popular outdoor parties/events in the summer. It it one of the more popular beaches in the Kansai region of Japan. The Beach Boys even made a song titled “Sumahama” after this beach in 1970s.
I just picked up my work visa today from the Japanese consulate in NYC, so things are really coming together. With only 10 days left, the only thing left to do is start organizing and packing!