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Fun Things to Do in Kansai 2019

December 22, 2018 by Justin Hanus

The New Year is upon us and attention turns for many on resolutions for the year ahead. For those of you who have pledged to get out and try new things in 2019, here is a selection of fun things on offer in Kansai that will create a few memories – not to mention great […]

Hatsumode in Kobe – Shrines to Visit for New Years

November 22, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese lunar calendar where the dates each year were not fixed. But now the New Year is locked into January 1 and most of the country […]

Local Music in Kansai

November 19, 2018 by Justin Hanus

If you relocate to the Kansai region and are interested in live music, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is a vibrant music scene spanning many genres. Japan has a good reputation internationally for producing artists from pop to avant garde, and Kansai is a hub where you can find a number of thriving […]

Thanksgiving Dining in Kansai

October 15, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Although Japan has its own Thanksgiving Day in November, the holiday isn’t celebrated in quite the same style as in North America. However, with a growing American expat community in Japan, Thanksgiving on the third Thursday in November is beginning to take hold in the Japanese calendar. Outside of Tokyo, it is still quite hard […]

Unusual Attractions in Kansai

October 15, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Kansai has plenty of attractions that draw millions of tourists in each year, but perhaps you’re looking for something a little less obvious than the many castles, temples, and parks that can be seen in its cities. Fear not, for there is plenty to see and visit that will give you that “only in Kansai” […]

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