The Meanings of Osaka’s One Million Candles Night

May 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

For two hours on Wednesday night June 7 all of the lights in the Umeda district of downtown Osaka will be switched off. Umeda is the city’s principle commercial core, noted for its skyscraper canyons and general hustle and bustle. It is not a place accustomed to being thrown into total darkness. The occasion is […]

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 […]

Live Action Ninja Show in Osaka

March 28, 2017 by admin

A ninja was a covert agent in feudal Japan who engaged in espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare on a mercenary basis.  Their methods were, irregular, and as a result they were considered “beneath” the samurai ruling class, whose strict rules of honor and regimented style combat were in direct contrast to the ninja.  Over […]

Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers – a Great Baseball Rivalry

March 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When the Tokugawa Shogunate finally wrested political control from Osaka and moved the seat of power to Edo in 1615, few could have imagined that four hundred years later animosity and hostilities between the two cities would remain. However each spring, the battle recommences in the form of the perennial contest between the country’s two great […]

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, […]