Lights of Hope
After one very devastating earthquake in Kobe, Japan back in 1995, the city remembers and pays tribute to darker times with an annual light festival, Kobe Luminarie. It started in 1995 but it remained so popular, the city brought it back every year after that. It is a scene unlike any other; a city covered in lights, lights of hope. The light piece was designed by Valerio Festi with help from Kobe native, Hirokazu Imaoka and donated by the Italian government. Although the festival was only to meant to be held in 1995 after the earthquake, it remained very popular that they brought it back every December for years to come. It has even become a tourist attraction with more than 3 million visitors every year.