Kobe City

Kansai or Kanto? Who Ya Got?

Nov 21, 2017 By Justin Hanus

“You despise me, don’t you Rick?” says Peter Lorre’s Ugarte to Humphrey Bogart’s Richard Blaine in Casablanca. “If I gave you any thought I probably would,” replies Bogart dismissively, deflating...[ Click to read more ]

Kobe Marathon 2017

Nov 01, 2017 By Admin

The general public is free to participate in this foot race presented in Kobe. Some 20,000 people take part in this race, which is time-limited to 7 hours. The foot...[ Click to read more ]

Goshikizuka Kofun

Goshikizuka Kofun: Kobe’s Ancient Sacred Pyramid

Oct 30, 2017 By Justin Hanus

In the Christian world this is the time of the year for All Souls' Day when the memories of the deceased are commemorated. Many religions celebrate the departed at other...[ Click to read more ]

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What to Eat in Kobe Besides the Beef

Oct 28, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Tourists flock from around the globe to eat Kobe’s famous beef. But you’re a local now, and you’ve been there, and done that. Now it’s time to give some local...[ Click to read more ]

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Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum

Celebrating the Japanese Culture of Wood at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe

Oct 27, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Around the world traditional Japanese carpentry and craftsmanship is revered for its precision and quality. In 1984 the Takenaka Corporation, one of the nation's largest engineering and construction firms, decided...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens is a Celebration of Herbs and More

Sep 14, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Herbs have a hallowed and honored position in Japanese culture dating back hundreds and hundreds of years. Chinese herbs first began appearing in Japan traditional folk medicines during cultural exchanges...[ Click to read more ]

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All Aboard! Cruising in Kobe Harbor

Sep 14, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Kobe is Japan's fifth largest city and one of the best ways to appreciate its size and importance is to view it from the water. You do just that with...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe’s Cutest Menace: Wild Boars

Aug 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Sometimes the most dangerous animals are not the ones you expect. In the United States the animal that kills the most people each year are deer, from collisions with automobiles....[ Click to read more ]

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Horse Archery on Display in Kobe

Aug 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

In the history of warfare there has seldom been a more impressive warrior than the horse archer. Riding a steed at full gallop, letting go of the reins with both...[ Click to read more ]

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The Lighthouses of Kobe

Jul 24, 2017 By Justin Hanus

Being an island nation, lighthouses are an important feature of the Japanese landscape. The history of Japan's lighthouses meanders back more than one thousand years when signal fires, the "Noroshi,"...[ Click to read more ]

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