Kobe Harborland brightens up the long, bleak winter night of Kobe
with illuminations and shadow pictures till March 31st, 2015.
Twilight is my favorite time all the year round when it is not too dark and the world is enveloped in the mellow air tinted with purplish hue.
This is a red brick building on the Harbor-walk in one corner of the Harborland. It was built in 1898 and had been used as a warehouse to store cargoes from around the world. When the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck Kobe and northern Awaji Island in 1995, the port facilities were paralyzed mainly by liquefaction but this brick building survived. Now it is renovated into Italian restaurant, Old Spaghetti Factory, and other fancy stores.
At night the brick buildings are illuminated and shadow pictures are displayed on the boardwalk.
|The symbol of City of Kobe on the Rokko Mountains|
The old Kobe Harbor Signal Tower is at the edge of the Harbor-Walk. The 46.3-meter-high tower had guided ships to and from the harbor from 1921 to March, 1990, as the top signal tower in Asia. Two years later, it was moved to the current location from the No. 4 pier. It flies flags representing Kobe and praying for a safe voyage.
Let's cross the traffic road to the more brilliant opposite side where Mosaic is located.
The opposite side of Mosaic over the bay is the Meriken Park. It is home to the Meriken pier, some of the city's iconic contemporary architectures including red Kobe Port Tower, Kobe Maritime Museum, and Oriental Hotel.
|Meriken Port Oriental Hotel|
|Takahama Pier seen from Meriken Pier|
It welcomes and sees you off when you are at the nearby station.
I turned back before entering the station building.
This post is linked to Friday My Town Shoot Out