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Justin Hanus


Kobe Matsuri: A Japanese Celebration with Western Influences

Apr 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Although the Kobe Matsuri is a relatively young street festival - it began in 1971 - the roots of the...[ Click to read more ]

Mazda: The Economic Engine of Hiroshima

Mar 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Hiroshima is a company town. Mazda is the region’s biggest employer and the car maker bankrolls the city’s professional baseball...[ Click to read more ]

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan: How Many People Have Signed the Guest Register of this 1,300 Year Old Hotel?

By Justin Hanus

Just doing the math is mind-boggling. A family business for over 1,300 years. Yes, there have been some heirs adopted...[ Click to read more ]

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Enjoy Akashi’s Local Seafood Delights

By Justin Hanus

Stretching across the coastline of the Seto Inland Sea, Akashi, located in southern Hyogo Prefecture is a small port city...[ Click to read more ]

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Osaka’s Tsuruhashi: Japan’s Largest Korea Town

By Justin Hanus

Culture breaks down political barriers Putting aside various political differences, the Japanese people of late have been besotted by Korean...[ Click to read more ]

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Himeji Castle: Too Big to Fail

By Justin Hanus

Matsumoto Castle, Kumamoto Castle and Himeji Castle are considered the Big Three of Japan’s castles. Of the exalted trio, Himeji...[ Click to read more ]

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Hiroshima

Feb 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

For many people around the world, the month of March means St. Patrick’s Day and all of the fun celebrations...[ Click to read more ]

Kobe Beef: The Real Deal

By Justin Hanus

Russia has its caviar, Maine has its lobsters, and Kobe has its beef. There are no Kobe beef cows. They...[ Click to read more ]

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Things to do on a Free Sunday in Kobe

Jan 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

It is Sunday and your schedule book is wide open... what to do? Lucky you are living in Kobe and...[ Click to read more ]

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Lunar New Year in Kobe’s Chinatown

By Justin Hanus

As one of the three biggest Chinatowns in Japan, Kobe’s Nankinmachi Chinese New Year celebration is an experience you shouldn’t...[ Click to read more ]

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