Kobe Institute of Computing (KIC) participated in “Infiorata Kobe Kitanozaka 2022″ held from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, 2022.
“Infiorata” means “to lay flowers” in Italian, and is an event in which people paint picturesque patterns on streets and squares with flower petals and enjoy them.
In Kobe, the event has been held since 1997 in an effort to beautify the city damaged by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
It has become an established spring tradition in Kobe, where the city is decorated with tulip petals.
This year, under the theme of “WORLDTRIP,” eight flower paintings decorated Kitanozaka.
The event was a welcome relief from the days of not being able to go abroad due to prolonged coronavirus infection.
KIC created a flower painting with an African theme.
Under the heavy rain for the first time in Infiorata’s history, local elementary school students,
their parents, and our international students worked together to create flower paintings.
Thanks to the work in the rain, this year’s event created a greater sense of solidarity, and we felt a strong bond that transcended national boundaries.
Mr. Kizo Hisamoto, Mayor of Kobe City, visited our flower painting site, and interacted with the international students. During the opening ceremony, the mayor introduced the countries of origin of the international students, saying, “We had participants from Cote d’Ivoire, Pakistan, Benin, and other countries.”
For the students, it was a fulfilling day of involvement with local residents, interaction with the mayor, and meals with school mates.