Ice, Ice, Baby… The best Ice Cream in Hiroshima

July 26, 2017 by Jade Brischke

With the sun beating down and the humidity at almost 100%, summer in Hiroshima can be almost unbearable for those who live here. Many people find that they don’t feel like eating and with their energy levels at a low, all they can try to do is keep cool. Luckily though, Hiroshima has plenty of places that […]

Asakusa Samba Carnival in Tokyo

July 26, 2017 by Ray Proper

If you are looking for a lively and colorful way to draw your summer to a close there is probably not better option than the annual Asakusa Samba Carnival.  This carnival is the largest Samba dance related event in Japan, and it draws crowds of over 500,000 to view the spectacle of samba dance teams […]

Bon Odori

Celebrate Bon Odori By the Kobe Seaside

July 25, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Bon Odori festivals are well known as an entertaining and interesting summer events across Japan, and Kobe’s seaside fest is no exception. Bon Odori, or simply Bon dances, are some of the most exciting open-air parties that Japan offers, and they’re fun for all ages! Since the Obon holiday is celebrated traditionally by families returning […]

Meet Kobe’s Sister City – Seattle, Washington

July 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The idea of international “sister cities” began in 1947 as a way to promote friendship and cross-cultural understanding after World War II. There was also an economic component to the concept to encourage trade and tourism. In the 1980s the Japanese government created the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations to encourage the development […]

The Singular Summer Pleasures of Kawadoko Dining

July 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

There has always been something seductive about waterfalls. There is the metronomic sound of the water tumbling into basin pools and the mesmerizing sluices of water cascading down rock cliffs. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright built one of his most famous houses atop a waterfall in the woods of Pennsylvania. So why not combine one of […]