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.

OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
SPACE BROTHERS
super-popular manga depicts the dreams of youths dedicated to space
AKIRA BIKE
enthusiasts create a dream machine from the world of Otomo’s AKIRA
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
Hot spring spa
温泉
Massage chair
マッサージチェア
Sumo wrestler
大相撲力士
Public bathhouse
銭湯
Asakusa
浅草
Yakatabune
屋形船
Tokyo Station
東京駅
Tokyo Tower
東京タワー
Steakhouse
ステーキハウス
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium
美ら海水族館
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Umi-budoh
海ぶどう
Japan
Lupin III
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
China
Kuroko's Basketball/ Magi
Japan
Saint Seiya
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
How global fans see Japan: kawaii heaven.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Mizuura Mikuji
水占みくじ
Ippon udon
一本饂飩
Tea master
茶道家
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Hasamiyaki ceramics
波佐見焼
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Nishikigoi
錦鯉
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
KAISEKI
懐石
RICE CAKES
RICE VINEGAR
お酢
RAMEN
ラーメン
TABAIMO
MANABU IKEDA
KOHEI NAWA
YAYOI KUSAMA
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
AWA ODORI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
KARATEDO
空手
IAI
居合
NOH
KYUDO
弓道
SAMURAI AVATAR
侍アバター
FOOD MODEL CRAFTSMAN
食品サンプル職人
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
SUMI-SHOKUNIN
墨職人