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Kobe Marathon 2017

November 1, 2017 by admin

The general public is free to participate in this foot race presented in Kobe. Some 20,000 people take part in this race, which is time-limited to 7 hours. The foot race began in 2011. Come join the race and run through the port city of Kobe! The course starts in front of Kobe City Office […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Kobe

October 31, 2017 by admin

Viewing the changing colors of fall leaves or foliage, called koyo in Japanese, is autumn’s answer to spring’s more famous cherry blossom viewing; a traditional opportunity to get outdoors to live in the moment of the season and reflect on the impermanence of it all. Appreciation of the beauty of the changing seasons has been a Japanese characteristic since ancient times, and is even referenced […]

Tokyo Ramen Show 2017

October 26, 2017 by admin

Ramen is classic Japanese food.  If you ask a random person, foreign or Japanese, male or female, what their favorite food is you are highly likely to get “ramen” back as your answer.  Ramen is a noodle soup of wheat noodles served in a meat-based broth.  Standard flavors include: Shio or “salt” Tonkotsu or “pork bone” Shōyu  or “soy sauce” Miso […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Tokyo

October 16, 2017 by Jason Gatewood

One great thing about Japan is that the splendor of all four seasons can be appreciated wherever you live. And this heightened awareness of seasonal beauty is complemented nicely by Japan’s plentiful mountains, forests, beaches, and even a desert (!) meaning that a change of scenery is a simple train or bus ride away. In […]

The Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka is a Multi-Generational Thrill Show

September 14, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Autumn means the biggest event of the year for the southern Osaka city of Kishiwada – the Danjiri Matsuri. Danjiri are large wooden carts inside which religious tenets declare gods reside. The point of the festival is to honor the gods by having fleets of neighborhood men pull the carts – some of which can […]

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