Dec 14, 2009

2009 Kobe Luminarie

Electric illumination for reposing the souls of the victims of the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.
And also for encouraging people with hope of reconstruction of Kobe.
Held for the 15th time this year.
Dec.3rd - Dec.14th
An elegant building of the department store Kobe Daimaru in the former foreign settlement of Kobe.

Nakamachi Street in the former foreign settlement of Kobe.
"La porta della memoria" - The door of the memory

"Schegge di stella" - Shard of the stars

Higashi Yuuenchi Park
"Scrigno di luce" - Jewel box of light
"Cassa Armonica" - Harmony Hall

The theme of this year is "L'abbraccio della luce"
Embrace of the light
By Valerio Festi and Hirokazu Imaoka

A female chorus group was singing.
They were student nurses.
When the earthquake occurred, they must be 5 years old or so.

Heart-shaped illuminations on their chests.
Hundreds of candle lights under their feet.

Who would believe this huge beutiful city was once totally destroyed.
Thousands of people lost their lives and tens of thousands lost their homes.
Water, gas, electricity, transportation, everything was cut off.
Everybody thought Kobe wouldn't take back thier prosperity.
But they didn't give up and recovered unbelievably well, still not perfectly though.

They'll never forget.

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