• 新開地タウンのモノクロ写真
  • 神戸港のモノクロ写真
  • 高架下商店街のモノクロ写真

Where to enjoy TRANS-

Since its port opened in 1868, over its 150-year history Kobe has developed into one of the world’s leading port cities. However, its roots lie much further back in time, during the Nara Period (710-794), and in the Heian Period (794-1185) the samurai commander Taira no Kiyomori developed Owada-no-Tomari as a strategic base for trade with Song Dynasty China. It became an important hub for ships plying the Seto Inland Sea, and was the precursor of the port that underpins Kobe’s economy to this day.
TRANS- takes place in three areas of Kobe, including the Hyogo Port district where Owada-no-Tomari was once located. All three are coastal districts to the west of Sannomiya and Motomachi, the present-day center of Kobe, and feature townscapes that retain the nostalgic atmosphere of the Showa Era (1926-1989), with large and small factories, old shopping streets, and old-fashioned neighborhoods with narrow lanes. While many old buildings remain and they seem at times like places that time forgot, these areas have been evolving gradually, with a growing number of young creative people and foreign nationals moving to them in recent years.
Because the roots of the port city of Kobe lie in these areas, which are still undergoing a renaissance after the devastation of the 1995 earthquake, the area is a source of inspiration for artists, and the works they have created for these sites will transform their atmosphere and show intriguing new aspects of the city.

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