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January 19, 2017

Osaka’s Ebessan Festival and its Beautiful Daughters

Our writer gets a behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful “Lucky Daughters” of the popular Ebessan festival in Osaka.

November 4, 2016

Groovy Osaka: A Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Fantastic entertainment and where to find it at Universal Studios Japan.

July 28, 2016

Groovy Osaka: Beach? What Beach?

Want to soak up the sun this summer in and around Osaka? Then it’s time to get out on the water.

Young men participating in Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka.
July 7, 2016

Groovy Osaka: July Summer Festivals

Get festive this July with Osaka’s colorful array of summer festivals.

June 28, 2016

Groovy Osaka: Celebrating the Milky Way

The Tanabata festival celebrates the perennial once-a-year meeting of two star-crossed lovers.

June 16, 2016

Horsing around at Aichi Farm

Does milking a cow, riding a horse, petting and feeding farm animals, taking tractor rides, playing putt-putt golf and eating…

June 2, 2016

Going Ape for the Japan Monkey Centre

If you love monkeys, Japan is a great place to see them both in the wild and in captivity. For a unique monkey experience, I would head to Inuyama in Aichi.

May 17, 2016

Groovy Osaka: The Misono Building

Going down into the basement is like going back in time to a 1970s science fiction television show set mixed with a disco.

April 16, 2016

All in the Family: Heirloom Souvenirs

At the end of the school year, school teachers in Japan often get the opportunity to travel or go visit…

March 9, 2016

The Trials and Errors of the Jidoka Gate

Living in Japan has given me the ability to have all sorts of adventures in countries I never realized I…

February 29, 2016

Groovy Osaka: Free Plum Blossom Viewing

From the middle of February to the middle of March, there are many plum blossom festivals and viewing locations all over Japan.

February 13, 2016

Seeing Red: Speed Cameras in Japan

Beware of these mobile tax collectors.

January 8, 2016

All in the Family: Ninja Museum

Can you actually see the ninja at the Igaryu Ninja Museum?

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