UNESCO Cities of Design

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Kobe City is almost at the center of the Japanese archipelago, on the Seto Inland Sea. The city’s population is around 1.5 million. Kobe has been a crossroads for exchange of cultures, goods and information since pre-modern times. Because of that, the city has formed its own distinct culture with fusion and gathering together various other elements and traditions.

The opening of the Kobe port in 1868 led to the development of urban resources which have shaped the city’s image. Also, after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, construction process taught the city the depth of interpersonal ties, spirit of mutual aid and other human strengths. These constitute Kobe’s creative values.

Design plays an important role in daily life, making familiar issues such as the environment, disaster prevention, crime prevention, welfare and education more visible, easier to communicate, more relevant, and action-prompting. Design facilitates and enhances convenience. Art and culture can help to develop that creativity, and each person’s independent actions prompted by creativity can enrich others’ lives and bring dynamism to society.

Kobe City’s membership to UNESCO Creative Cities Network was announced on 16 October 2008. After being a member, the former Raw Silk Testing Centre was renovated and transformed into the Design and Creative Centre Kobe. Design and Creative Centre Kobe is a hub for creativity. Kobe believes that design has the power to communicate both beauty and empathy. The city uses design as a tool to struggle for today’s challenges.

Also, Kobe has many universities and art events. There are 25 universities in Kobe City. 40 museums are located in Capital of Hyogo prefecture, Kobe. Kobe Biennale is famous all around the world. Design and Creative Center hosts a creative workshop for children called Chibi Kobe where artists and children meet.

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