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Holiday Illumination in Kansai

November 22, 2017 by Justin Hanus

It may be cold in Japan, but holiday lights are a tempting and beautiful excuse to get out of the house and away from that kerosene heater! Especially in the Kansai region, different illuminations taking place throughout December will leave you dazzled with holiday cheer without costing you any of your Christmas money. Grab a […]

Check your Omikujis at these Shrines in Kobe for the New Year!

November 22, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Japan has only been doing New Year’s celebrations since 1873, when the country adopted the Gregorian calendar of the West. Traditionally the Japanese New Year was based on the Chinese lunar calendar where the dates each year were not fixed. But now the New Year is locked into January 1 and most of the country […]

International Casino Operators Ready to Roll the Dice in Osaka

November 21, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The wheels of government can grind slowly at times. It took some 15 years of back-and-forth political infighting for Japan to legalise casino gambling, as the parliament did in December 2016. But it will still be at least five years, experts say, before you will be able to place blackjack and roulette bets in a […]

Kansai or Kanto? Who Ya Got?

November 21, 2017 by Justin Hanus

“You despise me, don’t you Rick?” says Peter Lorre’s Ugarte to Humphrey Bogart’s Richard Blaine in Casablanca. “If I gave you any thought I probably would,” replies Bogart dismissively, deflating his presumed rival. The exchange is reminiscent of the regional rivalry that divides Eastern Japan (Kanto and Tokyo) and Western Japan (Kansai and Osaka). Tokyo […]

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