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Visit Kobe: posters to promote a beautiful Japanese city

Monday, July 31, 2023

A poster promoting the Tetsujin 28-go statue in Nagata with bright colours and a black and white image of the statue in its center

I've often said the city of Kobe doesn't do enough to promote itself. Great city, loads to see and do, but sort of keeps a bit quiet about it.

We've got beaches, mountains, museums, parks, art galleries, hiking trails, a 2km+ long shopping mall, steam trains dotted about the place, a zoo, more temples than you can shake a stick at, loads of street art and one of the 3 best night views of Japan.

Yet our rich history doesn't draw in the crowds.

A poster promoting the Kobe city museum with an outline of a ceramic horse in the middle and exultations to explore 2,500 years of history

Which could be to the tourist's advantage. Instead of fighting through the crowds and queues of neighboring Osaka, take a day or two out and visit Kobe. Half an hour on an express train from Umeda and you're in Sannomiya.

Walking distance from the foreigner settlement where the first merchants after Japan's opening made their homes. A little further is the Ikuta shrine.

Keep going to Harborland and Meriken Park with its "Be Kobe" photo spot.

Poster with Visit Kobe written at the top, a bronze statue of a Jazz playing man in the middle and a location at the bottom

Swing back along the central shopping street (or its parallel, which takes you through China Town and lands you closer to the park commemorating the 1995 Earthquake).

Make sure you stop here and there for something to eat.

A poster with Visit Kobe written at the bottom, a spherical fish bowl in the middle and Kobe Port Museum written in the top left

As for these posters? Put together over a couple of evenings on my iPad. No real reason behind them, it was sort of structured doodling while Mrs H and I talked.

Did I mention you should Visit Kobe?

My name is Ross Hori

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