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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 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.

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.

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.

December 11, 2015

Gofukuza: A Casual, Authentic Kabuki Experience

This Osaka-based theater is keeping kabuki current while staying true to its 400-year history.

December 4, 2015

Master Japanese Cooking at Eat Osaka

Learn to cook traditional Japanese cuisine in a laid-back, inviting setting.

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.

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