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Spring Days Out in Kobe

Jan 15, 2021 By Justin Hanus

As the spring season approaches, we are naturally gripped by the urge to get out and make the most of the warming climate. The nights start to draw out, and...[ Click to read more ]

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Winter Walks in Kobe

Dec 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

What better way to shake off any winter lethargy or periods of over-eating than heading out for a refreshing walk for a few hours? With an abundance of glorious natural...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Dec 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 ]

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 ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

Oct 20, 2020 By Admin

Visitors flock to Japan in the spring to see the cherry blossoms, but there’s an event that’s just as impressive in the fall: the changing colors of the leaves. Called...[ 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 ]

Harvest Time in Kansai

Sep 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Harvest time in autumn/fall is important across the world. Each region has different rituals associated with this time of year (September – November). In Japan, the autumn harvest is celebrated...[ Click to read more ]

Visiting the Oldest Mosque in Japan: Kobe Mosque

Sep 24, 2020 By Justin Hanus

At only 85 years old, Kobe Masjid (masjid means mosque) is the oldest mosque in the country. Kobe was the obvious choice for a mosque, as the port city was...[ Click to read more ]