KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO

Tetsujin 28-go is the title of a manga work and the name of the huge robot who appears in the work, illustrated by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. In the story, a boy detective named Shotaro uses a remote controller to operate Tetsujin 28-go and fight for peace. Today, this huge robot emerges from the pages of manga to fight for peaceful quality of life in Kobe, Mr. Yokoyama’s birthplace.

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The Kobe Tetsujin Project began with the restoration and revitalization of shopping streets in Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which occurred in 1995. Part of this renewal project includes a 18-meter-tall statue of Tetsujin 28-go, which is considered “real life-sized” in the story. The Kobe Tetsujin Sangokushi Gallery, located near the colossal statue, exhibits its construction history and displays related goods.

The City of Kobe — where people are saved by Tetsujin 28-go — has been a prosperous seaport since olden times. Once an enclave of international residents, the city preserves a strong sense of international feeling. Streets with authentic Western-style buildings designed by overseas architects are now general stores and select shops that sell goods from around the world.

Kaigan Building

One of the oldest commercial-use buildings among Kobe’s surviving Western-style architectural landmarks. The three-story brick edifice has a massive yet elegant appearance. The building still contains many shops including a boutique, gallery, general store, and café, in addition to functioning as an office building. Its distinctive feature is a long continuous staircase from the first floor hall to the third floor, under a skylight of stained glass. Every evening after sunset, the building is beautifully illuminated.

Modernark

Under the slogan, “Friendly goods for the body and Mother Earth,” this general store sells cotton and linen clothing, socks and babywear, plus accessories, kitchenware, and other products imported from overseas.

Rollo Stock

A specialty shop that sells antique fabrics, laces, and ribbons bought in Europe. If you’re seeking rare designs and textile products, this is an excellent place to visit.

MANDRAKE

This shop offers antiques and specializes in batiks from Africa, India, Nepal, Netherlands and the UK, as well as a large stock of other fashionable items. Its unique selection has the strong support of many fans in Kobe.

Night views of Kobe

Take a romantic evening stroll along the shore of Kobe Bay, enjoying the sea breezes as you watch illuminated cruise boats in the Bay, gliding over the glowing sea surface. Admire the city lights, including Kobe Port Tower with its small Japanese drum (tsuzumi) image, Kobe Maritime Museum with its white sailboat design, and other illuminated points of interest. And, you can enjoy spectacular night views of Kobe from Mt. Rokko and Mt. Maya, one of the Three Great Nightscapes of Japan.

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BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
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TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
KOBE TETSUJIN 28-GO
mega-size robot who saves the peace in Kobe city
Kaminari-mon
雷門
Capsule hotel
カプセルホテル
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Iced coffee
アイス珈琲
Edomae Zushi
江戸前寿司
Harajuku girl
原宿ガール
Tsukiji Market
築地市場
Architecture Street
建築ストリート
Awamori
泡盛
Kachaashii
カチャーシー
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Mexico
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Mobile Suit Gundam
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Final Fantasy VI
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Dekirukana
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“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Small Torii
小さな鳥居
New Kyoto-style umbrellas
新しい京和傘
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Kimono
着物
SIRI SIRI
SIRISIRI
Department store basement
デパ地下
Wrapping
ラッピング
TEMPURA
天婦羅
RAMEN
ラーメン
SOBA
蕎麦
URUSHI
漆芸
HISASHI TENMYOUYA
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
TABAIMO
SANJA MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NOH
JUDO
柔道
KARATEDO
空手
SADO
茶道
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人