Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

Travel Jul 5, 2019

Quiet luxury in lesser-known Kansai

by Kit Nagamura

The Kansai area — think Kyoto, Osaka and surrounds — has some of the country's best anaba (little-known spots) where you can encounter the rich depths of Japanese culture, minus the crowds. Reserve one of these nine luxuriously uncrowded options to take your travels ...

Sakai city launches English website to boost specialty knife exports

National Jan 21, 2016

Sakai city launches English website to boost specialty knife exports

Sakai city's Industrial Promotion Center (IPC) has launched an English-language website selling nearly 200 types of specialty steel cooking knives from the region amid growing interest in the signature product. The site includes videos of traditional forging and grinding processes to craft the blades, along ...

Sakai: a keyhole to the history of Osaka

Travel Apr 11, 2015

Sakai: a keyhole to the history of Osaka

by Alon Adika

As I peered out the window from my vantage point on the 21st floor of the Sakai City Hall, in the distance I could see Abeno Harukas — Japan's tallest skyscraper, which houses a train station, hotel, museum, department store and offices. But this ...