Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Infiorata Kobe


Infiorata is an Italian word meaning to "spread out flowers." Infiorata has been a traditional celebration in the Euope and particularly the town of Genzano Italy. During the Infiorata a carpet of flower petals are arranged to form art. Then, at the end of the event, the petals are swept away in a celebration of fleeting beauty; this is like the sand mandala images of Buddhist monks, elaborate images made with colored sand then swept away.

The Infiorata came to Kobe after the Great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake which devastated the city in 1997. Now the Kobe Infiorata is held during Golden Week every year, from the end of April to early May. At that time several locations in Kobe are decorated with colorful tulip petals; Kitano, Motomachi and Kita Kobe.

This photo journal was taken at the end of the 2016 Infiorata.

Large works of art cover the street.

At the close of the event people are invited to frolic in the petals.

In the background you can see a local Starbucks which uses a historic building from the Meiji era.

A short time to collect photos before the streets are cleaned.

People enjoying a flurry of tulip petals.

Motomachi has a lot of western decorations, such is this little Eiffel Tower, because the area was an early location for many western diplomats as the country, and the port of Kobe, were opened in the Meiji era.

Visitors are cleared from the area fo the street can return to the normal state of operation.

Workers clean up the temporary turf that is used to transform the street into a garden.