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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” […]

Myths & Legends in Kansai

July 27, 2018 by Justin Hanus

Japan is a country rich with mythology and fascinating tales. The Kansai region, with its many popular tourist areas and shrines to gods and kings, is no different. From folklore heroes to dark creatures, there are many tales associated with Kansai or have their roots in the region. Some are familiar, others not so. Here […]

See the Best of Kansai’s Fireworks Displays

June 23, 2018 by Justin Hanus

One of the most exciting aspects of Japanese summers is the multitude of dazzling fireworks displays to enjoy. Originally, fireworks (花火, ‘Hanabi’) were thought to help ward off evil spirits, but the tradition is still going strong today among tourists and locals alike as a coveted summer pastime. With hundreds of fireworks festivals erupting across […]

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