Top 5 Hanami Sites Near Kobe

February 22, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Hanami, or “flower viewing,” is a coveted Japanese pastime that occurs during the spring months across the country. As soon as the winter makes way for the cherry blossoms, or “sakura,” to bloom, groups of people begin gathering beneath these beautiful blossoms to appreciate their beauty and enjoy each other’s company. Thanks to the elongated […]

Kobe’s International Cuisine Tour

January 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Although Kobe’s Chinatown is a major international attractor to the city, Chinese isn’t the only cultural influence worth exploring in this Kansai metropolis. Being a popular port city has brought a diverse array of international cultures to Kobe, and one of the best ways to experience this diversity is through food. Next time you’re considering […]

Kobe Takes the Lead In Japanese Fashion

January 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

It was the late 1800s when promotionally minded French dress designers began hiring women to wear their latest creations to high-profile public events like parades and horse races right on the streets of Paris. It was not long before retailers in New York brought the concept with them back to the United States along with […]

Ritualistic Ceremonies Could Be Your Cup of Tea in Kobe

January 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

In Japan you can enjoy a cup of tea or you can immerse yourself in Japan’s Way of Tea, a ritualistic tradition that focuses on the way green tea is prepared and presented. Japan came relatively late to tea, first enjoying the hot beverage in the 9th century. China, it is said, had already been […]

Strap on Your Skates in Kansai This Winter

December 21, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Ice skating goes back a long way. Skates made of animal bones from 5,000 years ago have been found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland. It is not known when Japanese enthusiasts strapped on their first ice skates but modern skating did not come organically to the country. The Japan Skating Federation organized […]

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