When we flew out I had left a bottle of watre in a jacket, The female customs officer apologised for asking if I had anything that I shouldn't have ( I was so embarrassed that i had left it in there) and then apologised again for having to put stuff back through the rapiscan. And she was a looker.
How about it was clean. And tidy. And there was no blood or vomit in shop doorways. Kobe is what it is- an industrial port city. Compare it to Middlesbrough and Liverpool and Le Havre and Hamburg et al rather than Bath or York or Bielefeld or Krakow. It is VERY pretty compared to such places.
And why cannot concrete be beautiful? C'mon medical boy...come and argue with an ex-art student about aesthetics lol
But perhaps you like the Constable view of the world. Did you not go to Nara? Or Gion in Kyoto? Did you not go into the countryside and see the Bizen pottery factory? Did you not go to Kobe Uni past the farmsteads and villages and rice fields and cattle pastures?