All Posts in Category


Customized Hinoki-buro—Preserving Japanese Craftsmanship


Since the black ships first arrived in Japan, foreigners have been fascinated with the elegance and sensuality of Japan’s bathing rituals in what was otherwise an austere country with ascetic practices. Nothing exemplifies this better than bathing in a hinoki-buro,…

Read more

And All That Jazz! Kobe’s best jazz clubs

Kobe jazz clubs

Kobe has long enjoyed a vibrant, cultural heritage which has attracted foreign tourists and long-term expats alike since Kobe first opened its port. In particular, Kobe has long been known as a jazz mecca. In fact, the first Japanese jazz…

Read more