Traditional Kansai Winter Drinks

Nov 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

The winter months in the Kansai region can get pretty cold, so what better way to warm yourself up than with a nice warm drink. These tasty beverages can be enjoyed throughout the year but make an especially welcome treat during the winter period. Japanese tea Tea is the most...[ Click to read more ]

The History of Japan’s Majestic Fall Colors

By Mark Guthrie

Japan's most popular season for tourists is surely spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom people from inside Japan and from all over the world gather in popular beautiful spots to bask in the traditional scenes of pinks, reds and whites that form many of our preconceptions of Japan's natural state....[ Click to read more ]

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Holiday Dining Options in Kobe

Nov 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without that celebratory festive meal – turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mince pies and all the rest. The festive holiday season is catching on in Japan with its growing expat population. Many cities now offer the chance to celebrate in their own unique way, and...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Kobe

Nov 19, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to presents and brightening up the home with a few decorations. If you haven't already got your shopping for the season planned out, here are a few tips on where to buy some of the essential materials. Costco This is a good bet if...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Kansai

By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai region. Get out of the house and away from your kerosene heater to see as many of the winter illuminations as possible this December. They’ll leave you feeling full of...[ Click to read more ]

Buying Christmas Trees in Kobe 2019

Nov 18, 2019 By Admin

You won't see a Christmas tree through the window of every home in Japan, but they are growing in popularity across the country. Several stores now sell trees and associated decorations, although the traditional pine trees are hard to come by. If you fancy getting into the festive spirit, even...[ Click to read more ]

Sake Breweries in Kobe

Nov 13, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Even if you’ve never set foot in Japan, there’s a good chance you’ve tried sake, as the rice wine is popular worldwide. In Japan, however, sake is a mainstay of bars and restaurants. The beverage has a long history in the country and throughout Asia. In fact, preparing, serving, and...[ Click to read more ]

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Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

Oct 20, 2019 By Admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn's answer to spring's more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of the season and reflect on the impermanence of it all. Appreciation of the beauty of the changing seasons has been a...[ Click to read more ]

Thanksgiving in Kobe

Oct 18, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With the growing community of American expats, Thanksgiving Day is starting to make its mark in Japan. This traditional American feast takes place on the third Thursday of November. Japan has its own Labor Thanksgiving Day, on the 23rd of November, but an increasing number of restaurants and food stores...[ Click to read more ]

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How to See Kobe on a Budget

By Justin Hanus

Traveling around Japan can be expensive, but it’s still possible to visit any city in the country if you’re on a budget. Kobe is no exception. It’s easy to reach Kobe from Osaka or any other city in Kansai and there’s plenty to do once you get there for almost...[ Click to read more ]

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