Kobe City

Okura Coast

Enjoy Akashi’s Okura Beach

May 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Though there really isn’t a bad time to visit the Seto Inland Sea’s coastline alongside Akashi, the summer season is particularly incredible. With more people venturing outside and gathering to...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Matsuri

Kobe Matsuri: A Japanese Celebration with Western Influences

Apr 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Although the Kobe Matsuri is a relatively young street festival - it began in 1971 - the roots of the celebration twist much further back in time to an unexpected...[ Click to read more ]

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

Enjoy Akashi’s Local Seafood Delights

Mar 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Stretching across the coastline of the Seto Inland Sea, Akashi, located in southern Hyogo Prefecture is a small port city packed full of gorgeous seaside views, a mild climate, and...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Beef: The Real Deal

Feb 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Russia has its caviar, Maine has its lobsters, and Kobe has its beef. There are no Kobe beef cows. They are a breed of Wagyu cattle that are raised in...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe Oji Zoo

Things to do on a Free Sunday in Kobe

Jan 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

It is Sunday and your schedule book is wide open... what to do? Lucky you are living in Kobe and there are a lot of options for you! Suma Aqualife...[ Click to read more ]

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Chinese New Year - Nankinmachi

Lunar New Year in Kobe’s Chinatown

Jan 26, 2016 By Justin Hanus

As one of the three biggest Chinatowns in Japan, Kobe’s Nankinmachi Chinese New Year celebration is an experience you shouldn’t miss. The New Year Spring Festival, ‘Shunsetsu,’ has been held...[ Click to read more ]

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The First Month of the Year, Kansai Style!

Dec 24, 2015 By Justin Hanus

With the holidays over and the winter cold setting in, it can be difficult to find reasons to leave your house in the first month of the new year. Fortunately...[ Click to read more ]

The Great Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake: Kobe Remembers

Dec 21, 2015 By Justin Hanus

Japan is right at the top of the list of world countries facing the most danger from earthquakes. Geologists will explain about the subduction of the restless Philippine Sea plate...[ Click to read more ]

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Mount Rokko Night View

Kobe’s Winter Wonderland: Mount Rokko

Dec 21, 2015 By Justin Hanus

Japan hosted the first ever Winter Olympics staged in Asia at Sapporo back in 1972, and the country has a rich history of playing on its frosted mountain slopes. You...[ Click to read more ]

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Kobe City Museum

The Entire History of the World Squeezes into Kobe City Museum

Dec 21, 2015 By Justin Hanus

In the interconnected world of the 21st century you never know where a cultural phenomenon will spring from. But one of the most unlikely origin stories belongs to “A History...[ Click to read more ]

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