Life in Kobe


In 1868 Japan abandoned its isolation policy and opened 5 ports to foreign coutries. Kobe port was one of them, opened to the outsideworld.

Since then, ‘people’, ‘goods’, ‘information’, and‘cultures’have kept coming into Kobe from all over the world. People came from overseas to live and go into business, and a number of schools are made for their children. Now there are 9 schools (English, Korean, Chinese, German and Norwegian schools) for foreigners from the age of 5 to 18.

“The Former Foreign Settlement of Kobe”, where Communica Institute is now located, was established in the same year as the opening of Kobe port and diplomats, traders, academics, artists, and journalists came to live there. They brought European life style, culture, architecture and industry. The unique culture of Kobe was created by them. This history of Kobe and its great natural environment, surrounded by sea and mountains, make it a comfortable place to live in for foreign people.

In addition, Kobe is the prefectural capital and a metropolis with a population of one and a half million. It enjoys a splendid view consisting of its world-class artificial islands, i.e., Port Island and Rokko Island, which make you feel like being in a future city.

Kobe and its neighboring cities forms a high-tech industry area which symbolizes modern Japanese industries such as shipbuilding, steal industry, heavy and chemical industries, electronics and so on.

Not only its nature and industries, this area also has temples and castles comparable to those of Kyoto and Nara, as well as its deep rooted folk entertainment and handcraft with their long history and tradition.