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Kobe Love Port or the Minato Matsuri 2017

June 27, 2017 by admin

The Kobe Love Port (Minato Matsuri) is an annual festival held on Dainitotte (the 2nd Pier) east of Meriken Park close to the Port Terminal station on the Portliner. The festival celebrates Marine Day, express gratitude for the blessings of the ocean, and hope for prosperity in the coming year.  This festival has a distinct nautical theme, but in most other […]

Animal Rescue Kansai (ARK)

April 25, 2017 by admin

ARK is a non-profit, non-governmental private organization with the aim of forming a network of people who love animals, believe in sharing their lives with them, and who work actively to rescue them from suffering. ARK was established in 1990 and became officially recognized as an NPO (Non-Profit Organization) in September 1999. In 2008, ARK […]

Kobe Matsuri: Where East Meets West for a Weekend in May

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The annual Kobe Festival (Matsuri) is unlike any celebration you are likely to run into in the Kansai region during the year. There are plenty of colorful street festivals in Japan and most are tied to an ancient shrine. The Kobe Matsuri is tethered to the past as well, but it is mostly to the […]

Rock Climbing Gyms in Kobe

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

If you’re looking for a new hobby to get otaku over Japan is full of options, and rock climbing is one of the more adventurous ones to try. Before advancing to some of the more challenging routes located among the country’s vast mountain ranges, why not get your start right in the city! Kobe is […]

Take a Tour of Hakutsuru Sake Brewery in Kobe

April 17, 2017 by Justin Hanus

In Japan, there are many ways to enjoy the tradition of sake. The rice wine has a long history in Asia, and the art of preparing it, serving it, and drinking it has been passed down across generations for centuries. Although picking up a bottle on your own or ordering some out at a restaurant […]