Yearly Archives: 2015

The First Month of the Year, Kansai Style!

December 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 for people living in the Kansai region, there are too many exciting traditional events and festivals in January to risk missing by staying home. Whether […]

Frozen Fun in Hiroshima

December 24, 2015 by Justin Hanus

For many people, wintertime in Hiroshima means oysters and nihonshu. While these are great winter indulgences, there are many other experiences worth having during the colder months. While the rest of Japan either goes into hibernation or ski season, Hiroshima has its own options for winter fun that don’t allow for hibernating. Despite minimal snowfall […]

Thai Restaurants in Tokyo

December 22, 2015 by Mark Guthrie

Japan is rightly lauded for being a nation of amazing food. From sashimi to sushi, from nabe to bashimi, there is so much to taste here. However, wasabe and Taiwan Ramen aside, it doesn’t really do much in the way of strong, spicy flavours. Which is why, for those of you who are ‘heat-heads’ like me, […]

The Great Hanshin/Awaji Earthquake: Kobe Remembers

December 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 that lies beneath the Okinawa plate and the Amurian plate that triggers high-intensity earthquakes. Many cities of Japan carry sad memories of earthquakes that have […]

Kobe’s Winter Wonderland: Mount Rokko

December 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 won’t find the world class ski runs of Nagano and Shiga at Mount Rokko, the series of 1,000-foot high peaks overlooking Kobe, but the easy […]