Kobe is considered one of Japan’s most stylish cities, a distinction reflected by Japan’s very first fashion museum on Rokko Island. It's also known for breaking new cultural ground – Japan's birthplace for jazz, golf, marathon running, cinema and more. The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art celebrates the creations of local artistic talents, housing a collection of 10,000 mostly modern works, plus regular special exhibitions showcasing the most topical artistic creations from Japan and abroad. In 1996, the Kobe Art Village Center opened with a commitment to nurture emerging artists; aiming to create a town that embraces arts and creativity and stands by its creative community.