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 […]

Tricks and Treats for All Ages at USJ for Halloween

September 7, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Although Universal Studios Japan is an exciting outing any time of year, during the Halloween season, USJ’s additional tricks and treats make for a particularly entertaining way to spend some free time. Whether you’ve got a whole family tagging along or you’re looking for a fun social option with friends, Halloween events at USJ will […]

Bicycle Liability Insurance

August 28, 2017 by admin

There are two major cities in Japan that require bicycle riders to maintain liability insurance as a condition for riding in the city.  These are: Osaka City Nagoya City (from October 2017)  Clients and readers living or visiting these areas must be aware of this responsibility before hitting the road, but everyone should consider getting […]

The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle

August 28, 2017 by admin

Picture in your mind the usual selection of Japanese yatai and festival foods, like karaage, tama sen, JUMBO hot dogs, “kakigori” shaved ice. Now throw all that out, because this is not that.  The Yatai Festival at Osaka Castle is a very large outdoor festival that offers a wide variety of gourmet foods and drinks to sample […]

Digging into the Rituals of Clam Digging

August 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

They begin showing up on the beaches in late spring and continue to gather all summer long, armed with small rakes (kumades), plastic buckets, and mesh bags. It is Shiohigari time – literally “hunting in the tides.” The Japanese tradition of digging in the sand for shellfish, mostly clams, is so ingrained in the culture […]

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