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Kobe city Museum

Kobe city Museum was opened in 1982. This is one of the many museums in Japan, which are supported by the municipality. It is located in a building constructed in style of Neoclassicism in 1935. The Museum building resembles a Greek temple with Doric columns on the front. The Museum was a branch of the Bank of Tokyo. The building was damaged during the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995, however already one year after restoration, the Museum resumed its work. It is noteworthy that the Museum's collection, including stored there national treasures, was not injured.

The Museum's collection combined collections of two museums - the Museum of archaeology and art and the municipal Museum of art, Namban the XVI century (or "southern barbarians," as it was called in Japan all foreigners, at the beginning of the Portuguese and then other Europeans, who settled in the South of the country).

The collection consists of 39 thousand items, including archaeological finds, works of art, old maps and historical documents, and artifacts related to the history of the city of Kobe. The city's history are represented here, ranging from ancient times to the 1995 earthquake and subsequent recovery of the city. In a separate exhibition presents objects detected in the area of Kitano-Cho on the land that once belonged to the foreign concessions.

As Kobe has long been a port of international importance, it was agreed that the concept of the urban Museum as the interaction of Eastern and Western cultures. The Museum presents the history of cultural exchange of Japan with East Asian countries - Korea, China, and the Japanese culture of the Edo period, when direct communication with other countries was practically absent, and of the Meiji period, when European culture had perhaps the most tangible impact on the lives of the Japanese.