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 […]

A Reminder of the Time in Osaka When the World Came to Visit

May 23, 2017 by Justin Hanus

The Tower of the Sun stands in Expo Commemoration Park as the standout reminder of the first World’s Fair ever held in Asia, Osaka Expo ’70. The idea of a World’s Fair took flight in London, England in 1851 under the banner of “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations.” The […]

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 […]