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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 already got your shopping for the season planned out, here...[ Click to read more ]

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Holiday Dining Options in Kobe 2020

Nov 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Kobe has seen Christmas steadily become more of a celebratory occasion in recent years with its growing expat population. Many restaurants have capitalized on the fact that residents might appreciate...[ Click to read more ]

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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 region. Get out of the house and away from your...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

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

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 number of American expats in the country, it has been...[ Click to read more ]

Visiting Kobe Oji Zoo

Sep 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There are three large zoos in the Kansai area alone. However, Oji Zoo in Kobe is the only place where you can see both pandas and koalas. Oji Zoo lies...[ Click to read more ]

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Autumn Activities in Kobe

Aug 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

There’s always something interesting going on in Kobe, and autumn is no exception! Autumn is one of the most popular times of the year for events because of the beautiful...[ Click to read more ]

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Water Sports in Kansai

Aug 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Are you looking for a chance to try your hand at some water-based activities in the Kansai region? You can find plenty of lakes, rivers, and beaches where qualified instructors...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan

Aug 20, 2020 By Ray Proper

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September. The southern parts of Japan, such as Okinawa or Kagoshima, are particularly affected...[ Click to read more ]

Great Camping Venues in Kansai

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Camping is a great way to experience the outdoors in an authentic fashion. Camping is a popular pastime for those wanting to escape the crowded neon-lit urban areas of Japan....[ Click to read more ]