Buying a Car & Driving in Kobe

July 30, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Having a car gives you a great way of traveling around Japan. Although the country has a very good public transport system, this mainly serves the major cities. If you want the flexibility to travel further afield and see some of the country’s spectacular countryside, it’s better to do it by car if you can. […]

Understanding Japan: What is Obon?

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For many foreigners working in Japan, Obon is a great time, as most companies close for a bit of a summer holiday; it gives us a chance to hit the beach, travel, or just hang out at home glued to the air conditioner. In fact, many Japanese see it as a similar way, as Obon […]

Getting to Know You: Nagoya’s Endoji Street

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For so long the area of Osu has been considered Nagoya’s district of cool, but for those in the know, it is Endoji, a stone’s throw from Meieki, that is becoming the place where all the good stuff is going on. On the face of it, Endoji looks like any old run down shopping arcade […]

Aomori Prefecture’s Nebuta Festival

July 30, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

Throughout July and August there are festivals all over Japan celebrating all manner of things – from the literal star-crossed lovers of Tanabata to the returning of deceased ancestors at Obon. However, for the citizens of Aomori Prefecture, August is a time to celebrate warriors of the past. ‘Nebuta’ festivals, in which giant floats of […]

Jishu Shrine, Kyoto

Myths & Legends in Kansai

July 27, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan is a country rich with mythology and fascinating tales. The Kansai region, with its many popular tourist areas and shrines to gods and kings, is no different. From folklore heroes to dark creatures, there are many tales associated with Kansai or have their roots in the region. Some are familiar, others not so. Here […]

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