Foreigners have been living and working in Kobe for a long time. About 1 in 10 people in Kobe City’s Chuo Ward are foreign residents with differing nationalities, occupations, and residential histories. In the local parks, many foreigners can be seen jogging early in the morning and walking with their children in the afternoon. There are also several foreign community groups and societies here that act as places of exchange for many of the foreign residents. We interviewed the DeCandillo family, from the United States, and the Simha family, from India, both of whom are living in the same apartment building in Chuo Ward.
The Deciding Factor was the Child-Raising Environment
— You are living in a beautiful high-rise apartment. When did you move to Kobe?
— Why did you decide to live in Kobe, not Osaka where your wife’s office is?
— Mr. and Mrs. Simha, you are also living in the same building.
— Did you have any concerns about moving to Kobe?
A School Environment that New Foreign Residents can Naturally Assimilate Into
— How are your thoughts on schools in Kobe after actually experiencing school life here?
A City Where Children Can Walk Around By Themselves
— What surprised you the most when you came here?
More Family Time
— Have there been any major changes in your life from working in Japan?
Getting Information in a New Locale
— How did you get the information you needed for day-to-day life in a place you had never been before?
A Nice Balance of City Life and Nature
— Could you please describe what Kobe means to each of you?