Per tradition, every year on this day, thousands of candles were lit at sunrise in one of the city's central parks. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers decide to kindle some of the candles late on Saturday to prevent a mass gathering of people.
According to the broadcaster, the word was chosen to inspire people to overcome trials together as many are gripped by anxiety amid the pandemic.
The city is hosting various commemorative events, although their number and scale are limited because of the active state of emergency in the region.
The 7.3-magnitude Kobe earthquake, also known as the Great Hanshin earthquake, occurred on January 17, 1995, becoming one of the most devastating ones in the country's history, taking the lives of 6,434 people, leaving over 300,000 without a home as well as inflicting varying degrees of damage on about 250,000 buildings.