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Winter Illumination 2006
Christmas and Seasonal Illumination in Major Cities
- Kobe -
The city of refinement from fashion, townscape to gourmet, Kobe enjoys a different kind of winter illumination as compared to other cities for its great influence from 19th Century Western cultures. <Winter Illumination 2006> guides you to some of the most marvelous spectacles of light in the city of elegance this year.
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Kobe City
    KOBE LUMINARIE 2006    
Counting from the year Kobe Earthquake, this year The 1995 1.17 Memorial Kobe Luminarie celebrates its 12th anniversary creating a grand-scale sculpture of light against the dark cold winter sky. With the theme of “L’Incanto del Cielo” the Luminarie expresses a soft and warm glow as of sunlight showing through the cracks of cloud in the sky. Including its specialty in which the colors of light changes depending on the angle you view it from, Luminarie invites admirers into an illusionary and ethereal world of light.
[Dates] December 8th (Fri) – December 21st (Thu)
[Light-up Hours] Mon-Thu… 18:00 – 21:30 / Fri… 18:00 – 22:00
Sat… 17:30 – 22:00 / Sun… 17:30 – 21:30
[Place] The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe
[Access] 5-min-walk from Motomachi Station:
JR Lines, Kobe Rapid Transit Railway
[Website] http://www.kobe-luminarie.jp/
(Kobe Luminarie Official Website, Japanese)
    Gaslight Street    
The Gaslight Street presents its 13th winter illumination which has by now become the seasonal symbol of Kobe Harborland. 80 zelkova trees and 30 gaslights twinkling in white with 80,000 light bulbs stretch for approximately 350 meters, and there is also the “Harbor Wink” that turns off the lights every night at 19:59 and turns on a minute later at 20:00.
[Dates] November 11th (Sat) 2006 – March 31st (Sat) 2007
[Light-up Hours] 17:00 – 23:00 (lights on at 18:00 from March 1st)
[Place] Kobe Harborland
[Access] 5-min-walk from JR Kobe Station
Kokomic garden, an English style open-air rooftop garden filled with flowers and green, is a relaxing space that takes you away from the urban busyness. This season the garden is decorated with 50,000 bulbs for illumination limited until Christmas. Inside the building, brilliant green garlands decorate the walls of Sunken Garden connecting the basement floor and ground floor. The garlands too are illuminated at night creating a romantic atmosphere.
[Dates] November 26th (Thu) – December 25th (Mon)
[Light-up Hours] 17:00 – 23:30
[Place] SOL Kobe International House
[Access] Sannomiya Hanadokeimae Station: Kobe Shiei Chikatetsu
    Star Light 06 X'mas    
A 21.5-meter-tall Christmas Tree is placed again this year in Canal Garden, this time dresses in 40,000 LED lights in blue, white and multi colors. In addition, there are also 2,200 blue and white LED shining at the ceiling as if falling upon the hall. With the seasonal theme of constellation, seven constellations including the Orion, Cassiopeia and Aquarius shine at different locations of Harborland, inviting the visitors into a magical walk in the night sky.
[Dates] November 1st (Wed) – December 25th (Mon)
[Light-up Hours] 10:00 – 22:00
[Place] Kobe Harborland Canal Garden
[Access] 5-min-walk from Subway Harborland Station


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