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Winter Illumination in Kansai 2020

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Don’t let the cold stop you from heading outside as there are beautiful displays of holiday lights throughout the Kansai region. Get out of the house and away from your...[ Click to read more ]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

Nov 19, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Japan only started celebrating the New Year on January 1st in 1873, when it adopted the West's Gregorian calendar. Traditionally, the Japanese New Year was set to the Chinese calendar....[ Click to read more ]

The Sacred Route Between Japan’s Most Revered Shrines

Oct 29, 2020 By Admin

Intro: A path of enlightenment from the Kii-peninsula to Ise. The basis for Japan’s focus on nature in its indigenous Shinto religion goes back to the Heian Period when Shugendo...[ Click to read more ]

Staying Safe During Typhoons and Storms in Japan

Aug 20, 2020 By Ray Proper

Typhoon season in Japan runs from June to December, but most typhoon activity occurs between July and September. The southern parts of Japan, such as Okinawa or Kagoshima, are particularly affected...[ Click to read more ]

Great Camping Venues in Kansai

Jul 30, 2020 By Justin Hanus

Camping is a great way to experience the outdoors in an authentic fashion. Camping is a popular pastime for those wanting to escape the crowded neon-lit urban areas of Japan....[ Click to read more ]

Best Beaches in Kansai

Jun 17, 2020 By Justin Hanus

The Kansai region is perhaps better known for its urban life and attractions in cities such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe but the area also has a surprising number of...[ 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 ]

Things Kansai Gave to the World

Mar 25, 2020 By Justin Hanus

A former economic and cultural capital of Japan, Kansai played an important part in global innovation that continues today. Here is a selection of what has originated in Kansai. Sake...[ 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 ]

Best International Schools in Kobe

Dec 25, 2019 By Justin Hanus

With a sizeable and culturally diverse expat population, Kobe boasts some of the best international schools in the Kansai region. There is a selection of private schools to choose from,...[ Click to read more ]