Sometimes is much better at night.
The night I spent in Kobe will also perform annual event “Luminaria “. I did’t go to see it this time, but walking the streets I saw the crowd in the streets waiting in ranks with the police who were in charge of directing the human traffic.
The Japanese are very organized when it comes to mass events, although sometimes a bit noisy when using megaphones. But I guarantee that you will not see stampedes and stuff like that happened in the “Love Parade”, not to mention the police in general are very friendly.

Policeman doing his job at "Luminarie"