Kobe is a city on Osaka Bay in central Japan. It is known for its signature marbled beef and scenic setting of mountains framing the harbour. The Ikuta Shrine, dating to the 3rd century, is among Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Antique cable cars connect Kobe to Mt. Rokko, which offers panoramic views over the port. Beyond the Mount, Rokko hills are the outdoor hot springs of Arima Onsen. Wedged between the coast and the mountains, the city of Kobe is long and narrow. To the east is the city of Ashiya, while the city of Akashi lies to its west.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
Kobe, as it is known today, was founded on April 1, 1889, and was designated on September 1, 1956, by government ordinance. The history of the city is closely tied to that of the Ikuta Shrine, and the name “Kobe” derives from kamube , later kanbe), an archaic name for those who supported the shrine. Kobe is famous for its Kobe beef and Arima Onsen (hot springs). As of 2002, there are 1,450 public parks, giving Kobe a reputation for being “green,” and a very livable place for families.
Brief City History
Kobe, city, capital of Hyōgo ken (prefecture), west-central Honshu, Japan. Kobe, its neighbouring city Ōsaka, and nearby Kyōto are the centres of the Keihanshin Industrial Zone, the second-largest urban and industrial agglomeration in Japan, and the city and its surroundings constitute the western portion of the Ōsaka-Kobe metropolitan area. Kobe is situated at the eastern end of the Inland Sea on Ōsaka Bay, about 20 miles (30 km) west of Ōsaka. The city is confined to a narrow shelf of land between the Rokkō Mountains to the north and the sea to the south. Kobe’s climate is temperate, with cool winters and hot, humid summers; annual rainfall is about 54 inches (1,360 mm). The area is subject to typhoons in September that occasionally are disastrous. On January 17, 1995, Kobe was struck by a powerful earthquake that damaged or destroyed about 100,000 buildings in the metropolitan area and killed more than 5,000 people. The street pattern of Kobe reflects its location between the mountains and the bay: main streets run east-west, crossed by short north-south streets. The coastline has been altered by reclamation for port facilities and industries. The central shopping street, Motomachi, runs between the city’s two major railway stations, while the central business district is near the harbour. Kobe’s port has long been one of the most important in Japan; in the early 1970s it was combined administratively with that of Ōsaka. In addition to its prominence in shipping, Kobe is preeminent among Japanese cities in shipbuilding and steel production. The city is served by a dense network of freight and commuter rail lines, including Shinkansen bullet trains. Express highways also link Kobe with Ōsaka, Kyōto, and Nagoya. The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge at the time of its completion in 1998, links Kobe with the island of Awaji, in Ōsaka Bay, and another road bridge connects Awaji Island to the city of Naruto on Shikoku.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Kobe Bryant, whose native language is English, can also speak fluent Italian and Spanish.
Important Types of Commerce in Kobe
The range of companies in Kobe is diverse including heavy industry such as shipbuilding, industrial machines, iron and steel, and also local industries such as clothes, chemical shoes, pearls, Western furniture, coffee, Western cakes and refined sake.
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