Where to Learn Martial Arts in Kobe

Aug 20, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Martial arts activities have long been a staple in Japanese life with both children and adults enrolling in self-defense classes and learning the various different disciplines. Martial arts can be fun to learn and are also a useful way of defending yourself and others in the event of a troublesome...[ Click to read more ]

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Water Sports You Can Try in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Whether you're looking for an indoor swim or some outdoor action in a boat or on a surfboard, you can find plenty of water-based activities in and around Kobe at reasonable prices. Here's a summary of what is on offer. Swimming and Diving For those after proper swimming and diving...[ Click to read more ]

Japanese Sports You May Not Be Aware Of

By Justin Hanus

Everyone knows the famous Japanese sports like sumo, karate, and judo. However, a number of other traditional sports play an important role in Japanese life, and many of these are almost unknown outside the country. Yabusame Yabusame is a form of archery on horseback. Participants must try to hit targets...[ Click to read more ]

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Get Hooked on Family Fishing in Aichi

By Mark Guthrie

It should come as no surprise that, being an island nation crisscrossed with rivers and spotted with freshwater lakes, Japan is a fantastic country in which to go fishing. From large ocean fish to catching ayu with your bare hands, there is something that will interest fisherfolk of all sorts....[ Click to read more ]

Morioka Marathon: Here for the Long Run

By Jade Brischke

Summer in Morioka is officially over which means the weather is starting to cool down and runners everywhere are taking advantage of it. Long winters can make running difficult, not to mention, dangerous, here and late spring and autumn are the perfect time to get outside and explore the city....[ Click to read more ]

A Driving Obsession – Where to Play Golf in Hiroshima

Jul 22, 2019 By Hugh Cann

In 1903 a group of British expatriates established the first golf club in Japan, in Kobe. In 1913, the Tokyo Golf club at Komazawa was established for and by native Japanese who had encountered golf in the United States. In 1924 The Japan Golf Association was established by the seven...[ Click to read more ]

Blood on the Tracks: See Keirin Cycle Racing in Nagoya

Jul 08, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

If you have ever seen track bicycle racing in a velodrome or on TV during the Olympics, you would consider events such as pursuit, omnium and time trials as exhilarating, high-speed, but ultimately combat-free sports. In Japan's favorite cycle event, 'keirin' racing, though high-tempo and exciting, stands out for its...[ Click to read more ]

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Cycle Routes Near Nagoya

May 29, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

With the Giro d'Italia already underway and the Grand Tours of France and Spain soon to come, you may be feeling inspired to get on your road bike and put some kilometers in your legs. However, living in the middle of the city you may feel like there is nowhere...[ Click to read more ]

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Round One Spocha is the mother of all game centers

May 27, 2019 By Jason Gatewood

What place in Japan has a gazillion flashy lights, dazzling video screens, ear-busting loud noises and is teeming with people pressing their luck on games of chance and skill? Nope, not the pachinko parlor, but a more wholesome (maybe) way of sinking your hard-earned yen into oblivion: Game Centers. These...[ Click to read more ]

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Tour de Nagoya – See Nagoya in a Day

May 23, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Summer is a time for cycling, with the Tour de France the world's most famous race. Of course, there is no equivalent in our fair city of Nagoya, so I thought I would come up with one. But this is not a superhuman challenge of endurance like 'le Tour,' but...[ Click to read more ]