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  • Foodspotting

    By: Miyoko Morita • In: Food & Drink • On: Mar 03, 2017

    Foodspotting

    Na-ya Soba Walking towards Na-ya from Ojikoen station may leave you wondering, “What else is around besides vegetable stands and recycle shops?” but at the end of the long shotengai (covered shopping street) is one of Kobe’s best soba restaurants. Great quality soba at affordable prices, what more could you want? A piping-hot bowl of delicious broth served with a plate of chewy, nutty soba noodles and crispy tempura will only set you back ¥1,000. Such a quality meal in Kyoto easily costs double. Their pork belly soba is a unique menu item and, at

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  • Come Out and Cosplay!

    By: Jason Haidar • In: Articles, Feature, Featured • On: Mar 02, 2017

    Come Out  and Cosplay!

    Western Japan’s biggest cosplay event takes over the streets of Nippombashi

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  • Gus G

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Mar 01, 2017

    Gus G

    Metal guitarist Konstantinos Karamitroudis is better known as Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind axeman Gus

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  • In Search of Musashi

    By: Matt Hodgkins • In: Articles, Feature, Featured • On: Mar 01, 2017

    In Search  of Musashi

    Following in the footsteps of Musashi Miyamoto – one of the most legendary samurai to have ever lived

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  • The Stick Men

    By: Phillip Jackson • In: Interview • On: Feb 10, 2017

    The Stick Men

    Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, and Marcus Reuter make up The Stick Men

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  • Compliments, Pick-up Lines, Rejections

    By: kansaiscene • In: Language • On: Feb 10, 2017

    Compliments, Pick-up Lines, Rejections

    While Japanese does have its rabu rabu no kotoba (lovey-dovey words) like “Kimi no koto ga suki de tamaranai” (“I adore you”), and “Watashi no isshoo no koibito” (“You are the love of my life”), culturally, those are not used all that often. Showing your appreciation for your ai suru hito (loved one) through actions rather than words often seems to be the more favorable approach. If you’re lucky enough to have already met your unmei no hito (soul mate), good for you! But if you’re looking for love or a Valentine’s date this month,

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  • Foodspotting

    By: kansaiscene • In: Food & Drink • On: Feb 03, 2017

    Foodspotting

    Hit up one of Ura-Namba’s intimate dining spots this Valentine’s Eve

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  • An Outdoor Adventure for Two

    By: Ian Yates • In: Articles, Feature, Featured • On: Feb 02, 2017

    An Outdoor Adventure  for Two

    Make your Valentine’s Day date an adventure and take a romantic hike in the Ikoma mountains!

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  • New Hero Headlines Sumo’s Return to Osaka

    By: John Gunning • In: Articles, Feature, Featured • On: Feb 01, 2017

    New Hero Headlines Sumo’s Return to Osaka

    Japan’s national sport returns to Osaka riding a wave of popularity not seen since 1990’s heyday of brothers Takanohana and Wakanohana.

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  • Apps for Best Eats and Easy Navigation

    By: Dave Wingler • In: Feature, Tech • On: Jan 03, 2017

    Apps for Best Eats and  Easy Navigation

    Whether you’re spoilt for choice or don’t know where to look, these apps will help guide you to the best eats in Kansai.

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