Kobe Prefecture

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

Oct 20, 2019 By Admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn's answer to spring's more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of...[ Click to read more ]

Top 5 Hanami Sites Near Kobe

Feb 15, 2019 By Justin Hanus

Spring is just around the corner, which for many Japanese residents means Hanami time is here again. Hanami means “flower viewing” in Japanese (from the Japanese for flower - “hana”)...[ Click to read more ]

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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 ]

Japanese Volunteers

Kobe Gives Birth to Spirit of Volunteerism in Japan

Oct 30, 2017 By Justin Hanus

On January 17, 1995, the Great Hanshin earthquake struck Kobe and over 6,000 people lost their lives. In the aftermath of the disaster it is estimated that over one million...[ Click to read more ]

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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There Is No Other Place in the World Like Tottori’s Sand Museum

Jun 28, 2017 By Justin Hanus

At Japan's one-of-a-kind Sand Museum, the art has as much in common with the sand sculptures built at the beach with a plastic bucket as the works of the great...[ Click to read more ]

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