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 […]

The Lighthouses of Kobe

July 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Being an island nation, lighthouses are an important feature of the Japanese landscape. The history of Japan’s lighthouses meanders back more than one thousand years when signal fires, the “Noroshi,” were lit during the day and bonfires, the “Kagaribi,” were built at night to signal to fishing boats on the ocean. These days the Japanese […]

The Orix Buffaloes – It’s Baseball, Japanese Style

June 28, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Baseball is considered the biggest spectator sport in Japan but if you find yourself at a Nippon Professional Baseball league game do not expect to merely sit and watch. In most of the Japanese professional sports there are “performance” sections where at the very least you will be expected to sport the correct team’s colors […]

Suma Aqualife Park: A Full Day of Fun at Suma Beach in Kobe

June 28, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Kobe is a city built on the water and Suma Seaside Park is the people’s link to the sea. Suma Beach stretches for two kilometres and offers white sand framed by pine trees; it is a fixture on the annual list of the country’s best beaches. Summer means sunbathing and swimming in July and August […]

Buy Fresh, Eat Healthy, Cook Simple – The Farmers’ Market in Kobe Sannomiya

June 28, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Only about 20% of the land in Japan is suitable for growing crops. Even so, most of the country’s population historically survived on subsistence farming. These days only a vanishing few Japanese are farmers and most of them are only part-time cultivators of the earth. It is therefore a much-anticipated treat when the Farmers’ Market […]