Kansai Culture

Buying Omiyage from Japan

Ever have a problem deciding what souvenir to buy from Japan? The hardest thing about buying souvenirs in Japan is not deciding what, but which. Japan has an abundance of souvenirs to choose from. Some of the more popular items people choose are: green teas dried seafood items Japanese candies chocolates cookies clothes fashion accessories kimonos and yukatas fans chopsticks combs tea cups and/or sets Japanese cloth Japanese shoes,... »

Gion Festival Float Tour

On July 13th from 2:30 to 6:30 pm up to 20 non-Japanese residents are invited to see how to build two Gion Festival floats - Kikusui Boko and Kita Kannon Yama - decorated with beautiful tapestries. »

Shigaraki Station Pottery Fair

Until May 6th, Shigaraki Station in Koka, Shiga is holding a pottery fair in front of the station in the square from 9am to 5pm. »

Flower Fesitval

The Nagai Botanical Garden in Higashi-Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka will hold a flower festival from May 12 to 17 beginning at 10am until 4:30pm. Various events will be held during the festival. People attending the festival will be able to enjoy handicrafts and gardening lessons. Herbal tea will be served for free during the event. Admission... »

Mankai Blossoms

The day the cherry blossoms reach their peak and come into full-bloom, the weather is warm, almost even hot if you are in a light jacket. It reached 20 degrees Celsius in some parts of the Kamsai region! Today, sakura cherry blossoms are completely opened at 100% and will from this point on begin... »

Kyoto Cherry Blossoms at 70%

For cherry blossom lovers, Kyoto is not yet in full bloom. Blossoms are currently at 60 to 70 percent. With the latest rain and warm weather cherry blossoms should begin opening up and be mankai, be in full bloom, soon. »

Japanese Onsen: Hot Springs Everywhere in the Kansai Area

Do you like hot springs? If so, then if you visit Japan, you will feel like you are in Heaven...if you don't mind taking your clothes off and bathing with a bunch of other naked people; usually same-sex, not the opposite. »

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