9 pieces of poetry – Views of Kobe from the Sea
Even though Kobe is where I spend most of my time, I seldom have the chance to see it from the sea. Kobe from the sea has the aspect of a bird’s-eye view as seen by a person facing Kobe on his or her way in or out of Kobe Port. The distinctive view that includes wharves, built-up areas, and the Rokko Mountains beyond, is the facial features of the town. For the Port City Kobe Art Festival, I wish to pull out of Kobe’s “bookshelf” the voices of its poets, whose compositions reflect the history Kobe has been through. Regarding these voices as the genius loci of Kobe, I wish to present them within the “view of Kobe from the sea” in the form of poetry fragments. What impact, if any, will the words these poets have embedded within the landscape of Kobe, as they lived through Taisho modernism, wartime, postwar years and the Great Hanshin Earthquake, have today? I look forward to sharing with Port City Kobe Art Festival visitors the opportunity of discovering and of giving fresh thought to the city of Kobe.