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English Speaking Yoga Studios in Osaka

February 21, 2017 by Justin Hanus

If you’ve been in Osaka for some time, you’re probably familiar with the many different gyms and fitness centers scattered throughout the city. For anyone looking for a place to work out, the most approachable options are likely the brightly lit, cardio machine-filled gyms that tend to take over entire floors of office buildings. However, […]

Catch a Sumo Match During the 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament Osaka

February 21, 2017 by Justin Hanus

There are a number of iconic images that surface when people think of Japan, and the unique sport of sumo wrestling is undoubtedly one of them. The tradition is over 1,000 years old, and though some of the rituals have been adapted in modern days, much of the ritual and technique remains the same. In […]

Land of the Rising Sun is No Mere Slogan

January 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The “Land of the Rising Sun” is not just a catchy marketing slogan drummed up by the Japan tourism bureau. In fact the slogan is not even of Japanese origin, but Chinese. Centuries ago the Chinese began referring to the Japanese islands as the place where the sun comes from. The Japanese historically referred to […]

New Year’s Celebrations in Osaka: Ring in the Good Luck 2017

December 21, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Winter fun seeking in Osaka is an invigorating blend of the traditional and the modern. Consider the age-old practice of pounding rice to usher in the Japanese New Year. Foods made from mochi, the sticky paste that is molded into rice cakes, are considered a “Food for the Gods” and consuming them during New Year’s […]

Strap on Your Skates in Kansai This Winter

December 21, 2016 by Justin Hanus

Ice skating goes back a long way. Skates made of animal bones from 5,000 years ago have been found at the bottom of a lake in Switzerland. It is not known when Japanese enthusiasts strapped on their first ice skates but modern skating did not come organically to the country. The Japan Skating Federation organized […]

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