kansai

Experience the Life of a Buddhist Monk for a Few Days at Fumonken in Kyoto!

Beautiful Kyoto is a place filled with many quiet temples and shrines, and among these temples, there are some of which you can stay for a couple of days, known as shukubo. One of the temples in Kyoto where you can stay overnight is Fumonken, which provides the opportunity to experience living as a Buddhist…

Bunraku: See Art in All Shapes and Sizes with the Magic of Traditional Japanese Puppetry!

The second part of this series features Bunraku (文楽)which is, strictly speaking, performed not by human beings but puppets! Let’s head into this fascinating world of traditional Japanese puppetry and explore the appeal of this art form! How Bunraku came about blog.goo.ne.jp/ Bunraku is a type of Japanese puppet performance which was brought from Awaji…

Den–Den Town: Osaka’s Otaku Paradise!

When we mention Otaku Paradise, the first thing that comes to mind is always Akihabara. Yet if you are living / traveling in Kansai area, the nearest Otaku Paradise is always Nipponbashi (日本橋); or to fellow Otakus, better known as Den-Den Town! Den-Den Town flickr.com/ Located near Sakaisuji Line Ebisucho Station, Den-Den Town is very…

Enjoy An Easy Winter Hike up Mt. Kongo, the Tallest Mountain in Osaka

For beginner hikers in Kansai area, one of the easier hiking courses is probably Mt. Kongo, located in the borders of Nara and Osaka. Apar from that it is the tallest in Osaka. For these reasons, many people of all ages come here for a hike all year round. Getting there blogs.yahoo.co.jp/ Some may prefer…

The Many Uses of the Delicious Kaki (Japanese Persimmon)

Kaki, better known as Persimmons to those from the West, grow everywhere in Japan. For those who don’t know much about this fruit, it has a sweet, rich flavor and a soft texture. There are many kinds of kaki which can grow in Japan’s moderate climate. This fruit can be eaten by itself, but can…

Getting a pet in Japan? Animal Refuge Kansai is the place to go!

One of the news stories that regularly does the rounds about Japan is the problem of its decreasing population as fewer and fewer families are choosing to have children. However, at the same time time that the number of children is decreasing, the number of families who are choosing to keep a pet is on…

The Incredible Ninja Restaurant and Labyrinth, Kyoto

When you think of Japan almost everybody thinks of ninjas, but what about when you think about Japanese dining? In Kyoto, the two go hand in hand at the famous “Ninja restaurant”. Located near Kawaramachi station on the Hankyu line, it’s within easy reach of downtown Kyoto so it’s a perfect spot to start a…

Kuidaore, or How to Eat Yourself to Bankruptcy in Osaka

Don’t believe anyone who says they don’t like to eat. We can immediately assume that they must be not from this planet because who isn’t in love with food? Humans love food, even animals revere food! However, Osaka takes it to a whole new level. boutiquejapan.com/ Osaka is passionate about food, as validated by the…