Monday, August 10, 2009

U.S. Consulate in Kobe

There are definitely a lot of interesting and historic sites to see in Kobe. Along the waterfront downtown, is a street that in some ways reminds me of The Bund in Shanghai. It is actually referred to as the Kobe Bund by some. At one time, Kobe had a very large foreign population due to it's strategic location and accessible port.

Yesterday I was looking at the former American Consulate in Kobe. It is located beside "Meriken Koen" or "American Park." The park was named that due to the U.S. Consulate being there. It was established in 1868. Today, the building now houses a "big and tall" men's clothing shop.

Former U.S. Consulate in Kobe.

This building was built in 1868.

Former U.S. Consulate in Kobe, Japan.

U.S. Consulate in Kobe (former).

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