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January 8, 2016

All in the Family: Ninja Museum

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

January 5, 2016

Groovy Osaka: Hatsumode and Events of the New Year

In early January, shrines and temples are full of pilgrims wishing for a prosperous new year. The first time one…

December 19, 2015

Groovy Osaka: A Sacred Mountain with Unlucky Tunnels

Gently looming over both Osaka and Nara prefectures, Mount Ikoma has provided both Japanese and foreign residents with a great…

December 16, 2015

Groovy Osaka: Free Winter Events

Christmas in Japan isn’t just about romantic dinners and fried chicken. In Osaka, there are plenty of family friendly activities that you can enjoy for free.

November 19, 2015

Groovy Osaka: From Occupied Airstrip to Outdoor Art Gallery

The perfectly proportioned rectangular park is now known as Utsubo Park, but its unique shape betrays some of its colorful history.

October 30, 2015

Groovy Osaka: The Mystery of Daisenryo Kofun

Visiting Daisenryo Kofun isn’t just about walking along a nice trail and looking at a torii gate in front of the spooky forest resting on the kofun.

September 30, 2015

Groovy Osaka: The Nakanoshima Tragedy

Tucked away in the basement is the Iwamoto Memorial Room, dedicated to the life and tragic tale of the man who died before seeing the beautiful building he funded.

September 24, 2015

Groovy Osaka: The Forgotten Strongholds

When you are walk around Osaka Castle, you’re not just walking around Osaka Castle. There are layers of history under your feet.

August 23, 2015

Groovy Osaka: Unintentional Kimodameshi

The only question that truly matters is, do you have the guts to find out?

August 6, 2015

Keeping Vegetarian in Japan: Traditional Cooking Basics

You don’t eat meat? That’s perfectly fine. I’ll just cook some fish.

August 1, 2015

How to Get Your Driver’s License in Japan

It really comes down to how well you take the test, not how well you can drive.

May 23, 2015

Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions in Japan

It’s quite surprising to some newcomers that a country which prides itself in soy products and healthy living actually makes meatless living quite difficult.

May 12, 2015

Groovy Osaka: How to Get From Kansai International Airport to Osaka

All your transportation options for getting from Kansai Airport to Osaka.

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