Kobe Luminarie

1 Jan

The Kobe Luminarie is a light festival held every December.  It commemorates the earthquake of 1995 centered here in Kobe that killed 6500 people.  The lights were donated by the Italian Government and each light is individually hand-painted.

Lights are kept up for about two weeks and turned on for a few hours each evening.  Major streets are closed to cars during these hours to allow pedestrians to fill the streets and enjoy the lights.  It is viewed by about three to five million people each year.  We had the opportunity to see this beautiful display of lights.

Elder and Sister Priddis have been here in the mission for almost 18 months.  They will be leaving us soon.  We will surely miss them!

 

What a beautiful way to spend a cold December evening in Kobe.

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4 Responses to “Kobe Luminarie”

  1. Masayo Bennion January 1, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    What beautiful photographs. Sister Zinke, I think your photography skills have really improved!! And hello Elder and Sister Priddis! Wishing you a very happy new year to everyone at the Kobe Mission.

  2. Bill January 2, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    That is amazing………………..thanks for sharing

  3. Pam Hadfield January 2, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!! What fun pictures. Looks like you’re having a great experience. Your quilt looks fabulous!!!!

  4. Mariellen January 2, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    That is so spectacular. The lights are amazing.

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