Kobe is the site of the Great Hanshin earthquake that occured on January 17, 1995.
The earthquake literally destroyed the place in a matter of seconds.
You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Hanshin_earthquake
Kobe has been completely rebuilt and you would never know that anything had happened.
Kobe is about 35 minutes by train from my place, so we went for a visit last weekend.
Here are some video clips that I shot last weekend when we went to Kobe: