Films Set in Kumamoto

Apr 30, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Lights! Camera! Action! Kumamoto is not the most well-known of Japanese prefectures but it has some fantastic settings for movies such as Mount Aso and Kumamoto Castle. These and others have attracted film directors over the years, either to tell stories about the city and surrounding areas or simply to...[ Click to read more ]

Songs Inspired By Hiroshima

Apr 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Given the long history of protest music and anti-war songs, it’s perhaps not surprising that songs written about Hiroshima are largely dominated by those concerning the 1945 nuclear attack on the city. From country music in the immediate post-war years through to more contemporary punk, pop and electronic styles, many...[ Click to read more ]

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Where to Learn About the Hiroshima Bombing

Mar 26, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Hiroshima is probably the place more associated with bombing than anywhere else in the world due to the 1945 atomic attacks that destroyed large parts of the city center and left over 200,000 dead. Today, it’s a growing and thriving prefecture that has emerged from the shadows of this tragedy,...[ Click to read more ]

What to Expect from the Reopened Kansai International Airport

Mar 25, 2024 By Justin Hanus

After closing for renovations in 2021, the international terminal of Kansai International Airport reopened in December 2022. This was its first major renovation since it opened in 1994. A variety of new restaurants and shopping areas await travelers visiting Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and other cities in Kansai. Greater Capacity The...[ Click to read more ]

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How to get your package redelivered in Japan

Feb 29, 2024 By Admin

The access and timeliness of delivery services are one of the most convenient parts of life in Japan.   Although figuring out the process of rescheduling the delivery (when you can't schedule the delivery time) can be tricky. Furthermore, some parcels need to have the signature of the recipient to...[ Click to read more ]

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Films Set in Hiroshima

Feb 28, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Locations play at integral role in movies and can serve as a great way of introducing cinema-goers to different parts of the world. Sometimes a city or landscape provides a backdrop for a wider story while occasionally the setting may be an integral part of the story itself. It comes...[ Click to read more ]

Best Bars with Live Music in Kobe

By Justin Hanus

Despite being only a small city, Kobe has an active nightlife. In particular, it has a number of bars with live music — some with performances every night of the week. Although Kobe is best known for jazz, you’ll also find venues with many other styles of live music. 1....[ Click to read more ]

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Kansai Area – Important Numbers

Feb 13, 2024 By Admin

  Company Number/s Memo Relo Japan K.K. - Kobe Office 078-325-3650 Mon-Fri (excluding weekends/National Holidays) 9:00-18:00 SMBC Prestia Customer Service Desk 0120-110-330 (Toll-Free) 046-401-2100 (In Japan - charges apply) +81-46-401-2100 (From overseas - charges apply) 10:00-17:00, 365 days a year (excluding Dec 30 - Jan 3)  Sumitomo Bank Credit Card...[ Click to read more ]

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Volunteering in Kanto

Jan 31, 2024 By Michael Stigall

Winter is a time where we often have more time on our hands than we know what to do with. It is cold, wet, and mostly dark, so we often assume that there is not much that we can do. However, this is not true. One thing to do during...[ Click to read more ]

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Skate Parks in Kumamoto

Jan 30, 2024 By Justin Hanus

Skateboarding has increased in popularity across Japan since the Tokyo Olympics a few years ago, with many purpose-built indoor and outdoor parks appearing in recent times. Kumamoto has a pretty good skateboarding community that predates the Olympics and is surprisingly big for the city and prefecture of its size. You...[ Click to read more ]

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