Jan 22, 2015

South Korea's T'way Air to link Kansai with Seoul and Daegu

South Korean low-cost carrier T’way Air Co. will begin serving Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture in late March, with flights to Seoul and to Daegu in southeast South Korea. The carrier will launch its Kansai-Seoul route on March 29 with seven flights a ...

Jan 20, 2015

Osaka man held for injuring bicyclist by stringing wire across path

A man has been arrested for allegedly stretching a steel wire across a promenade in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, last week and injuring a bicyclist, police said. Toshikazu Tachibana, 69, an employee at an “okonomiyaki” (Japanese-style pancake) restaurant in Higashiosaka, is suspected of attempted murder ...

Jan 14, 2015

Taxi stickers in Osaka to notify foreigners of automatic doors

A taxi industry group in Osaka Prefecture will start placing stickers in cabs starting in early February to inform foreigners they don’t need to open or close the doors themselves. The sticker, which says “Please let the driver handle the door when opening and ...

Windsurfers taking to Yodo River in downtown Osaka

Jan 7, 2015

Windsurfers taking to Yodo River in downtown Osaka

by Yutaka Enomoto

While most people associate marine sports with beaches, a stretch of the Yodo River running alongside the towering skyscrapers of Osaka’s Umeda downtown area has become a magnet for local windsurfers. Many of them were out on the river in early December 2014, braving ...