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Practicing Shibori in Kyoto

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Although most people associate tie-dye with 60s hippie fashion, it’s also a traditional art in Japan. However, shibori is quite different from Western tie-dye. For one thing, pieces are often...[ Click to read more ]

Museums in Kansai Offering Virtual Tours

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

It’s frustrating to know that there are numerous things to see outside when you’re stuck indoors. The good news is you can now visit multiple museums throughout Kansai without leaving...[ Click to read more ]

Great Summer Walks in Kansai

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Kansai is famed not just for its bustling cities such as Kyoto and Osaka but also for its many mountains, parks, and trails that offer a great walking day out....[ Click to read more ]

Great Places to See a Sunset in Kansai

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Sunsets can provide the perfect backdrop to a romantic evening or be a fitting endpoint for a nice walk. With many high vantage points across the region as well as...[ Click to read more ]

Best Capsule Hotels in Kansai

May 22, 2020 By Justin Hanus

An experience every visitor to Japan needs to have is a stay in a capsule hotel. These budget accommodation options provide you with a cubicle rather than a full-size room....[ Click to read more ]

Popular Hot Drinks in Kansai

Apr 20, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Socializing in Japan is done around drinks, both hot and cold. Hot beverages are enjoyed in both winter and summertime, brewed at home or in cafes. Here is a selection...[ Click to read more ]

Where to Find the Best Beers in Kansai

Mar 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Kansai is a well-known region of Japan for cuisine. What's not so widely known is that the area is also a hotbed for beer. One of the best known Japanese...[ Click to read more ]

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine Osaka

Top Cities to Visit in the Kansai Region

Feb 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Osaka and Kyoto, but there’s so much more to see in the Kansai region of Japan. Some cities are vibrant and noisy, others are peaceful and...[ Click to read more ]

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“Girls Day” Hinamatsuri Celebrations in Kansai

Feb 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

If you're an expat living in Japan, it's highly likely that you will experience Hinamatsuri. This special day dedicated to girls and their families takes place every March 3rd across...[ Click to read more ]

Great Places to Spot Wildlife in Kansai

Sep 24, 2019 By Justin Hanus

People often associate Japan with busy neon-lit modern cities, but there are plenty of beautiful open spaces across the country where you can enjoy nature and wildlife. The Kansai region...[ Click to read more ]