Kobe Club - The 140th Anniversary Supplement - MESSAGE FROM HYOGO GOVERNOR IDO - Spotlight Online
The 140th Anniversary Supplement : MESSAGE FROM HYOGO GOVERNOR IDO
Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2009/9/24 8:30:00 (1948 reads)

 Dear Kobe Club Members:

I would like to extend to you my sincere congratulations on the 140th anniversary of the Kobe Club. Since the Port of Kobe opened in 1868 as a gate to the world, Hyogo/Kobe has been a trailblazer in the modernization of Japan. This background has nurtured a progressive spirit and multicultural atmosphere. 

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The 140th Anniversary Supplement : Congratulatory Message on the Occasion of the Kobe Club’s 140th Anniversary
Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2009/9/24 8:20:00 (2013 reads)

 On behalf of the citizens of Kobe, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Kobe Club on the 140th anniversary of its founding.

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The 140th Anniversary Supplement : The Kobe Club in Changing Times “A Woman of Two Worlds – Grace Under Fire”
Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2009/9/24 7:50:00 (2480 reads)


As a local history buff of long-standing, albeit with respect to New England, I have for some time been quite interested in the history of Kobe and its foreign residents. Not too long ago, I read Forever Foreign, an engaging portrait of the history of foreign residents in Kobe, written by Professor Keiko Tamura. Rather than a dry academic discourse on this subject, Professor Tamura engages the readers’ interest and imagination by delving into the personal history and experiences of a foreigner “in love with traditional Japan” (Harry John Griffiths), a “woman of two worlds” (Mary Kawatani Kirby), a man in “pursuit of his dreams” (Ernest W. James), and a “chronicler of the past” (Harold S. Williams.)

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The 140th Anniversary Supplement : Kobe Club Bar – Past and Present
Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2009/9/24 7:40:00 (2157 reads)

 
      The country of Japan kept its doors closed for more than two and half centuries during the Edo Era (1603 - 1867). Until the 15th Shogun Yoshinobu Tokugawa stepped down from the Shogun’s post and gave up the control of the government, Japanese people lived in the Samurai age. Only after the Meiji Era started in 1867, did Japan open its doors to foreign countries and start a process of westernization to become a modernized nation.

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The 140th Anniversary Supplement : The Year 1869 and All That
Posted by Kobe Club staff on 2009/9/24 7:30:00 (2811 reads)


When our forefathers arrived in Hyogo port in 1868, the country was still in turmoil and the full power of the Tokugawa Shogunate had not been broken yet. Of immediate attention were two attacks on foreigners.

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