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A to Z of Japanese Musical Instruments

Nov 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Traditional Japanese music sounds quite different from Western music for a few reasons. For one thing, there’s less emphasis on...[ Click to read more ]

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Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Kobe

Nov 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to presents and brightening up the home with a few decorations. If you haven't...[ Click to read more ]

Holiday Dining Options in Kobe 2020

By Justin Hanus

Kobe has seen Christmas steadily become more of a celebratory occasion in recent years with its growing expat population. Many...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Kansai 2020

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

By Justin Hanus

Japan only started celebrating the New Year on January 1st in 1873, when it adopted the West's Gregorian calendar. Traditionally,...[ Click to read more ]

Planning a Visit to Shiga Prefecture in Kansai

Oct 26, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Just to the east of Kyoto in the Kansai region is Lake Biwa — the largest lake in Japan. Surrounding...[ Click to read more ]

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Thanksgiving in Kansai

Oct 18, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Thanksgiving is one of the most important annual celebrations in the USA. In recent years, partly due to the growing...[ Click to read more ]

Top Airbnb Online Experiences in Japan

Sep 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Whether you’re unable to get to Japan right now, you want a taster of Japanese culture before a trip, or...[ Click to read more ]

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Harvest Time in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Harvest time in autumn/fall is important across the world. Each region has different rituals associated with this time of year...[ Click to read more ]

Visiting the Oldest Mosque in Japan: Kobe Mosque

By Justin Hanus

At only 85 years old, Kobe Masjid (masjid means mosque) is the oldest mosque in the country. Kobe was the...[ Click to read more ]