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Nakanoshima Park Osaka

Nakanoshima River Cruise in Osaka

Nov 28, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Located between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the island of Nakanoshima is a gorgeous sight to behold any time of year. This historical epicenter of Osaka’s commercial and administrative culture...[ Click to read more ]

It’s Fall in Japan; Time to get Nutty about Chestnuts

Oct 24, 2016 By Justin Hanus

For many folks autumn in Japan means chestnuts. Asia is known as both the largest producer and the largest consumer of chestnuts in the world. Scientists studying the remains of...[ Click to read more ]

It’s All Happening at the Tennoji Zoo – At Night

Aug 20, 2016 By Justin Hanus

We have all gone to a zoo on a summer day and seen the animals snoozing or lying around doing nothing - just what you would expect animals to be...[ Click to read more ]

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Capsule Hotel

Prepare to Launch – Kansai’s Capsule Hotels

Aug 19, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Celebrated Japan architect Kisho Kurokawa gave the world its first taste of mass pod living in 1972 with the creation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in Tokyo. The idea was...[ Click to read more ]

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El Zocalo Burrito in Osaka

Jun 29, 2016 By

I have it on good authority that El Zocalo Burrito in Osaka is all the burrito you will ever need. More US than Mexican, El Zocalo Burrito features great big...[ Click to read more ]

Takoyaki

Osaka is the Tenka no Daidokoro (the Nation’s Kitchen) – Not What You Think

May 19, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Before the world bought into the abstract concept of money - whereby a piece of metal or paper can stand in for something of real value - trade was conducted...[ Click to read more ]

Lily Garden

Get Lost in a Garden of Over 2.5 Million Lilies Blooming on Osaka Bay

Apr 23, 2016 By Justin Hanus

The sakura blossoms might have run their course, but for anyone around Osaka, a new flower season is just beginning that shouldn’t be missed. Before the summer heat really settles...[ Click to read more ]

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Tsuruhashi Osaka

Osaka’s Tsuruhashi: Japan’s Largest Korea Town

Mar 22, 2016 By Justin Hanus

Culture breaks down political barriers Putting aside various political differences, the Japanese people of late have been besotted by Korean pop culture. This includes Korean television drama programs that draw...[ 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 ]

Kansai Culture Day 2015

Oct 27, 2015 By

On "Bunka no Hi," or "Culture Day," in Kansai hundreds of museums and art galleries throughout the Kansai region offer free admission! Take advantage of free admission to over 500 museums, galleries...[ Click to read more ]