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MAY 2018 / ISSUE 216

Boating, Golfing, and Craft Beer


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Kansai Scene provides monthly English articles, information and listings for visitors and residents of the Kansai area. Publisher.......................................................Daniel Lee Managing Editor..........................Celia Polkinghorne Editor.........................................................Jason Haidar Production Manager............................... Misa Matsui Production Assistant......................... Miyoko Morita Accounts Manager..................................Michiko Lee Art.........................................................Peggy Holsclaw Cinema.................................................. Miyoko Morita Event & Festival.....................................Tomoko Ishii Live Music.............................................Phillip Jackson Club........................................................Saiko Fujiwara

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There s so much to do in Kansai in the sunny month of May. If you re a golfer, make sure to check out our recommendations on page 04 for top spots to hit a round. If craft beer s more your scene, check out our page 06 feature for recommendations on finding some tasty brews, and don t miss the Craft Beer Festa Kyoto on May 13th. A Golden Week highlight is the annual Takatsuki Jazz Street – a two-day festival to delight music lovers at over 60 venues surrounding the JR and Hankyu stations at Takatsuki. For a weekend trip away, why not head for the beautiful region of Hakone. Our travel writer Ashley Owen gives a tour of the area on page 08. There are boating festivals abound this month – spectacular scenes of courtly boating from the early history of Japan will be enacted at the Mifune Festival around Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama, Kyoto. The best way of enjoying this festival is to rent one of the blue paddle boats and watch the processions from the water. Then things heat up at the end of the month in the Hyogo city of Aioi when ambitious rowers and fervent supporters gather for the fiercely competitive dragon-boat races at the Aioi Peron Festival. Join the masses on the last Sunday of the month to cheer on the crews of 32 as they battle it out for victory in the Gulf of Aioi. We hope you have a wonderful Golden Week and a magnificent May.

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ON THE COVER: This month’s cover image was taken by Jason Haidar in Kyoto at the Mifune Festival.

Golfing in Kansai Top spots to swing a club in Kansai. FEATURE Text: Randy Poehlman

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Craft Beer Roundup Tapping into Osaka s craft beer scene.

A BIT OF HISTORY Kansai Scene was founded by Peter Horvath and Nishikawa Keiko in 2000 and published by Jatin Banker between 2003 – 2011.

FEATURE Text: Chad Hartley


A Spring Getaway to Hakone The spectacular scenery, rich history, and world-class hot springs of Hakone. TRAVEL Text: Ashley Owen

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Top Spots to Tee Up in Kansai Enjoy the outdoors with a round of golf this summer. Text & Images: Randy Poehlman


olf is a popular sport in Japan. In recent years, top players like Rio Ishikawa and Ai Miyazato have been doing well in international tournaments. The popularity of the sport is evident from the abundance of golf shops sprinkled around various cities and the practice facilities that dot the riverbanks in the Japanese urban landscape. There are many courses around the country, and several are carved out of forests in the mountain areas. Golf as a tourist activity is not nearly as popular in Japan as it is in many other countries, but some courses are public and open to players who are not members, meaning they can be enjoyed by tourists. Kansai has some great public golf courses that are definitely worth checking out. The Japanese golf experience is service-oriented, from the well-dressed reception staff to the helpful attendants who unload your bag from your car to the chefs and restaurant staff who serve your midround lunch.


Typically, a game of golf in Japan starts with the front nine in the morning, a prepared set course lunch, and the back nine after that. Many of the public courses offer the golf and lunch package which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart and a delicious, filling lunch. Many courses seem to operate on a resort-style payment system where you check in, provide your name and contact information, and then you are given a scorecard wallet with a number. You then use this number throughout the day to purchase things like drinks as well as balls from the pro-shop. At the end of the day, your bill is totaled, and you pay through a vending-machine type system or at the reception directly. The price of a round of golf in Japan is similar to mid-to-upmarket courses in Canada and the States and cost in the ballpark of ¥9,000 to ¥14,000. However, greens fees can climb as high as ¥25,000 or even ¥30,000 for top-flight courses. If you don t bring your own clubs, you can easily rent a set at the course, and some courses even offer golf shoes for hire.

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More info The website lists a number of courses in various prefectures. Most listings include the price range, address, contact information, rankings, pictures, and all other necessary information in English. It is a useful resource to narrow down and select your desired courses. There are three things to consider before booking a round. Firstly, courses tend to be far from major transportation hubs as most are set in mountainous areas, so you will need to consider getting to and from the course. Secondly, making tee times and inquiries is difficult to do in English, so you might need your hotel staff or a friend to help you set up your game. Finally, weekday rates at many courses tend to be cheaper, so if you can avoid the weekend rush, you will usually pay 20 to 30 percent less for greens fees.

Kyoto has a few nice courses, and during a recent round at Kyoto Ohara Public Course, or KOPC for short, I was captivated by the fairways that seemed to be cut from the forests, streams, and mountain backdrops in the distance. The course is situated outside Ohara, a quaint small town which is a 45-minute drive north of Kyoto city. There are various elevation changes on the course as it is designed to roll with the mountainside. One particularly intimidating hole is one of the 500-yard par fives that plays uphill. The selfdriving carts are only operable along the cart paths and the large touch-screen monitors in each cart make yardage finding easy. All the course information is literally at your fingertips. If a park-style flat course is more to your liking, Biwako Lakeside Golf Course is worth the trip. Located in Shiga Prefecture on the shores of Japan s biggest freshwater lake, the course features 27 holes of golf, some of which run parallel to

Biwako and offer lake views over your shoulder. When I played the course in April, the rolling greens were in excellent condition, and it was a great day out. The bunkers are full of soft beach sand, and some of the ponds will collect errant tee shots. The course is accessible via a short taxi ride from JR Moriyama Station. A weekend round with lunch included was ¥13,000. If you are staying in either Osaka or Kyoto and you want to play a round with easy train access, the riverside course in Kuzuha is a good option. The clubhouse is opposite the Keihan Kuzuha Station. Tthe open-concept course features minimal trees, and holes are positioned tightly together, which will test your ball control. If you are short on time but still want to fit in a partial Japan golf experience, you can head to one of the various golf net practice facilities usually found along the riverside. With clubs for hire and a bucket of balls for about ¥1,000 this type of golf experience can be done on the cheap and only takes an hour or two. It is also a great rainy day activity, as the golf bays are usually roofed. I recommend the Tsuruya practice facility in Osaka, which is a short walk from Kanzakigawa Station on the Hankyu Line (towards Kobe-Sannomiya). The local train takes six minutes from Umeda. KS

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Cracking The Cask – Tapping into Osaka’s Craft Beer Scene Osaka s flourishing craft beer culture means you can find a spot for a sip wherever you are in the city. Text & Images: Chad Hartley

Craft Beer Bar Koumin

Craft Beer Gulp

With monthly events and an always-impressive selection of craft brews on tap, Koumin (meaning happy people ) stops at nothing to provide an ultimate craft beer experience. Open since October 2016, Koumin s friendly staff, weekday happy hours, and sizzling Spanish-heavy cuisine with tons of charcoal-grill cooking make it the craft beer crusader s taproom heaven. Koumin is well equipped with constantly changing limited-edition beers from all over Japan, as well as an array of international brews. Pop in for a properly spicy Hell s Chicken Dog and accompanying IPA, or set the date for one of their monthly events, such as June s Tap Takeover! OPEN: Mon–Sat 5pm–12:30pm (Happy Hour 5pm–7pm) • CLOSED: Sun • Price RANGE: Half-pints from ¥480, US pints

from ¥1,000, 150ml and “Mass” options for select beers; Food from ¥400 • ADDRESS: Chuo-ku, Kawaramachi 2-1-15 • ACCESS: Sakaisuji Hommachi Subway Stn, Exit 17, 5-min walk; Kitahama Stn, Exit 6, 5-min walk • TEL: 06-6484-5845 •

Craft Beer Spot Hathor While most of Osaka s craft beer haunts tend to spread out between the north, south, and central areas, Hathor is a craft beer gem to the east of Osaka Castle. The best place for jibiru (Japanese craft beer) in Kyobashi, Hathor is tucked away from the station s rambunctious shotengai (covered shopping arcade) on an unassuming side street. It not only boasts a medley of palatable beers, but also a fantastic food menu, specifically, their smoked stuff. It s hard to compare a true German hefeweizen and bowl of expertly smoked edamame to an IPA and selection of choice cured meats so I won t even bother. For this one, you ll have to be the judge. OPEN: 3pm–11pm every day • Price RANGE: Half-pints from ¥650, US pints from ¥1,000 • ADDRESS: Miyakojima-ku, Higashi Nodamachi 5-7-14 • ACCESS: JR Loop line or Nagahori Tsurumiryokuchi Subway Line, Kyobashi Stn, 6-min walk • TEL: 066928-6565 •


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Feature Lezzet Craft Beer & Food Experience

Craft Beer House DEVin家 In the heart of the Umeda shotengai, surrounded by all types of eateries, bars, and knick-knack shops, lies the always fun and refreshingly folksy Craft Beer House DEVin 家 ( DEVin-chi ). Named after the owner, DEVin-chi is a testament to the good nature of the quick-witted and friendly owner Deverya (or Debira). With a distinctly homely vibe much akin to the kitted out basement of a craft beer brewing friend, DEVin-chi has everything you need to transport out of the high-frequency, bright lights of the Umeda shopping street and into a comfortable underground taproom. It hosts a variety of draft brews, and this speakeasy-esque space even has a Nintendo 64 right at the bar. Pair that with a plentiful food menu, and the option for a four-glass 80ml beer flight to help you find the flavor you fancy, and you can settle in for the long haul. OPEN: Wed–Sat 5pm–5am, Sun & Mon 5pm– 1am • CLOSED: Tues • Price RANGE: Half-pints from ¥800, US pints from ¥1,100, UK pints from ¥1,400, and 4x80ml flights from ¥800 • ADDRESS: Kita-ku, Sonezaki 2-10-20, Kawai Bldg. 2, B1 • ACCESS: Tanimachi Subway Line, Higashi Umeda Stn, 2-min walk • TEL: 0803805-0803 • A270101/27085586

Craft Beer Gulp Chic to a T and conveniently placed within a hop, skip, and a jump of Namba Station, Gulp is a smart, sleek getaway from busy Dotonbori. A variety meal sets of different styles, both small and large, can be interspersed with whichever style beer suits your fancy from their 11 separate taps. If you re puzzled over which brew would best complement your Japanese pickles, owner Takehiro Jiken is usually around to offer a superb suggestion, whether in English or Japanese. The excellent mix of taproom dining, evening soirée, and expert advice isn t the cheapest option in Osaka, but it s worth every yen.

Under the shadow of the colossal Harukas Building stands a titan of equal talent – at least in a gourmet sense. One look at the menu and you can tell that Lezzet is the dream child of a craft beer aficionado and dedicated foodie. The calm, clean, almost rustic space is perfect for gorging on the magnificent craft food and beer creations. With weekly specials, fullplate pasta dinners, as well as simple bar room snacks, Lezzet is a one-shop stop for everything that could make a mouth water. To ensure you enjoy every culinary sensation, Lezzet is strictly non-smoking. The friendly staff, and even customers, will happily give you the low-down on the various options available should you inquire about something on their menu (written in both English and Japanese), such as what rare or vintage beers are in stock. OPEN: Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight, Sat 3pm– midnight • CLOSED: Sun • Price RANGE: Half-pints from ¥500, US pints from ¥1,000, special/rare beers from ¥700–¥1,400 • ADDRESS: Abeno-ku, Matsuzaki-cho 2-3-21 • ACCESS: Tanimachi Subway Line, Abeno Stn, 4-min walk; Midosuji Subway Line, Tennoji Station, 6-min walk • TEL: 067850-1412 • A270203/27069770

OPEN: 5pm–midnight every day • Price RANGE: Half-pints from ¥750, US pints from ¥1,100 • ADDRESS: Chuo-ku, Namba 2-4-6 • ACCESS: Namba Stn, 3-min walk • TEL: 06-6563-7783 • A270202/27097023

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Hot Springs and Hellscapes in Hakone World-class onsen, abundant history, and spectacular scenery make Hakone an ideal choice for a spring getaway. Text: Ashley Owen


the heart of a quintessential Japanese onsen town. The narrow main street is lined with shops selling a mixture of local souvenirs and tasty treats, as well as numerous ryokan (Japanese inns). Many of these open their bathing facilities to day trippers as well as overnight guests, so wherever you re staying, take the opportunity to indulge in some R&R during your visit. And if you re shy about bathing with others, some ryokan have separate baths that you can hire for private use. From Hakone-Yumoto, the Hakone Tozan Railway runs up to Gora Station. The slope here is so steep that the train has to change directions at switchbacks three times, making the journey quite a unique experience in itself. On the way, stop off at Chokoku-no-mori Station to pay a visit to the Hakone Open-Air Museum. This fantastic outdoor gallery features over

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100 sculptures, including an exhibition of works by Picasso. When you reach Goro Station, transfer to the Hakone Tozan Cablecar. The 10-minute journey will take you to Sounzan, where you can board the Hakone Ropeway. These gondolas will carry you high up over the peaks and steaming, sulfuric valleys to the smoking caldera of Owakudani. This breathtaking sight is one of Hakone s most famous attractions, and it s easy to see why. The 3,000-year-old crater is like something from an alien planet or the depths of hell, with volcanic plumes of steam constantly hissing from the yellowy, arid landscape. Around the crater, there are some hiking trails, but these are often closed off due to the volcanic gasses, which fill the air with the pungent smell of sulfur. You can still get a good view from the area around the ropeway station, however,

Photos: Lake Ashinoko,; Hakone Shrine, Ashley Owen; Owakudani, Ashley Owen


ocated in the FujiHakone-Izu National Park, the famous onsen town of Hakone is a popular destination for both Japanese and international tourists. Normally thought of as a convenient day trip from Tokyo, the town s many attractions also make it a perfect location for a weekend getaway from Kansai. For most people, their Hakone trip begins at Hakone-Yumoto Station. If you are changing trains at Odawara, however, you might wish to take a detour first to Odawara Castle. A 10-minute walk from the station s east exit, this picturesque reconstructed castle has a museum on site detailing its history and displaying authentic samurai swords and armor. There is also an observation deck on the top floor with great views out over Sagami Bay. When you arrive at HakoneYumoto, you ll find yourself in


where there are restaurants and gift shops, many of which sell the Owakudani s famous distinctive black eggs. These are boiled in the volcanic water – the sulfur turning the shells black – and are said to prolong your life by seven years. If you re lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you ll also be treated to a stunning view of Mt Fuji. Once you ve had your fill of Owakudani, you can either take the ropeway back to Sounzan or continue on to Togendai Station on the shores of Lake Ashinoko. This lake was formed in the crater of Mt. Hakone after its last eruption 3,000 years ago. Today, there are hiking trails around the shores of the lake, and there is also the option to sail from one side to the other on a 30-minute sightseeing cruise aboard a vessel decked out like a pirate ship. Keep an eye out for Hakone Shrine’s famous floating red torii gate as you cross.

On the other side of the lake from Togendai Station and the Hakone Ropeway, you can disembark at either Hakone-Machi or Moto-Hakone. One option is to get off at Hakone-Machi and turn left to walk towards MotoHakone. On your way you ll pass the Hakone Checkpoint, which was used to control traffic along the old Tokaido Highway that linked Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo period. Shortly afterward you ll see Onshi-Hakone Park, which juts out into Lake Ashinoko and offers pleasant walking trails and scenic views. Once you reach Moto-Hakone, keep an eye out for the towering red torii gates that mark the entrance to Hakone Shrine. Most of the shrine buildings are concealed amongst the trees on the mountainside, giving the area a mystical atmosphere, particularly on misty days. For those seeking something more active, hiking trails run up to

TRAVEL TIP It is possible to see all of Hakone s main sights in one day, but given the distance from Kansai, a weekend trip is preferable. This is particularly true during the busy season. Staying for one or two nights also means you get the chance to experience a night in a traditional ryokan and to really enjoy relaxing in the town s many hot springs.

Odakyu Railways offers a great discount travel pass for visitors to Hakone. The Hakone Free Pass gives you unlimited travel on the Hakone Ropeway, the Hakone Tozan Cablecar and train, the sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashinoko, and a number of buses within the area. Two- and threeday passes are available, and if you re traveling from Tokyo you can get a version that includes a round trip from Shinjuku station. The Hakone Free Pass also offers discounts at selected attractions, including restaurants, hot springs, and a number of museums and landmarks.

GETTING THERE From Kyoto or Osaka, take the Shinkansen to Odawara station. From there, transfer to the Hakone Tozan Railway to Hakone-Yumoto. Alternatively, you can take the Shinkansen to Mishima and a bus from there to Moto-Hakone. The Hakone Free Pass can be purchased at both Odawara and Mishima stations. A longer but potentially cheaper option is to take an overnight bus to Tokyo and continue your journey by train from there.

the peak of Mt. Komagatake behind the shrine. Before heading back to Hakone-Yumoto, consider stopping off at Amazake-chaya tea house. It is situated on the old Tokaido Highway, and you can either take the bus or hike up a preserved section of the trail to the tea house, which has been welcoming weary travelers for over 350 years. Their specialty is amazake, a non-alcoholic fermented rice drink, and mochi (chewy rice cakes). The bus stop just outside will take you back to Hakone-Yumoto station – or the nearby onsen – once you re replenished! KS

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Events  Cultural



Nankou Musha Gyoretsu 楠公武者行列

Minatogawa Shrine, Hyogo • May 26

Located near downtown Kobe, Minatogawa Shrine was established in 1872 to enshrine the spirit of Kusunoki Masashige, a military commander of the 14th century. The procession originated over 600 years ago when Kusunoki Masashige welcomed the emperor returning from Oki (Shimane) and escorted him back to Kyoto. Don t miss this chance to witness the procession for it only takes place every few years with approximately 600 participants dressed in ornate traditional costumes. Starting from Minatogawa shrine, the parade will tour around the surrounding Kobe neighborhoods. TIME: 10am–4pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Kobe Stn, 3-min walk • URL


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Kansai Temple Markets Explore Kansai s wonderful monthly temple markets and grab a bargain. You ll find a lot of antiques, including old kimono, ceramics and lacquerware, but you may also unearth some more contemporary curiosities. Perfect as souvenirs or gifts for friends and relatives back home. » Shitennoji Temple Flea


May 21 & 22 • Shitennoji Temple Grounds, Osaka • Access: 5-min walk from Shitennojimae Stn, Tanimachi Line » Toji Market Kyoto:

May 21 • Toji Temple • Access: 15-min walk from JR Kyoto Stn » Kitano Tenmangu Market:

May 25 • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine • Access: Tenmangu-mae bus stop






27 Senbon Enma-do Nenbutsu Kyogen ゑんま堂狂言 創建千年記念公演

Senbon Enma-do (Injo-ji), Kyoto • May 1–4

The Senbon Enma-do, a temple that enshrines Enma (judges of the world after death), annually hosts Enma-do s Nenbutsu Kyogen performances which are registered as the city s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Nenbutsu Kyogen is a traditional comic play that was conceived as a means to communicate Buddhist thought to the common people. This year there is a total of 6 shows: 7pm on May 1 & 2, 3pm and 6pm on May 3, 1pm and 6pm on May 4. Each performance will last about 30 minutes and will include 4 to 7 Kyogen pieces. This year, as part of Enma-do s 1000th year anniversary, there will be an exclusive collaborative performance of the Rokusai Nenbutsu with the Senbon Rokusai-kai on May 3 from 1pm to 2:30pm. TIME: Varies on day • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Nijo Stn, bus to Kenryu-ko-mae • geocities. jp/e_kyogen/historyE.html

Aioi Peron Festival – Dragon Boat Race 相生ペーロン祭

Aioi-Wan, Hyogo • May 27

Every year on the last Sunday of May, things get heated up in the city of Aioi in Hyogo. Serious rowers, fervent supporters, and laid-back bystanders gather on the shores for fiercely competitive rowing races. The name Peron came from Chinese meaning a white dragon. Rigged with a fearsome dragon-like head and decorative patterns, the watercraft is crewed by 32 people including percussionists and a rowing instructor. Take a break from the action to check out the colorful parade where various dance teams show off their moves, and sample treats from the more than 200 food stalls. On the 26th, 5,000 fireworks will liven up the festival in the evening from 7:30pm to 8:50pm. TIME: 9:30am–4pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Aioi Stn, 20-min walk • city.

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20 Mifune Festival MAY



Kurumazaki Shrine & Surroundings • May 20

Spectacular scenes of courtly boating from the early history of Japan will be enacted around Togetsukyo bridge. Elegant courtiers amuse themselves in beautiful boats sailing up and down the river Oi. The best way of enjoying this festival is to rent one of the blue paddle boats and watch the processions from the water. TIME: 12:30pm–3pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Saga-Arashiyama Stn, 10-min walk • kurumazakijinja.

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Sushi Cutting Festival すし切り祭り

Shimoniikawa Shrine • May 5

Sand Sculpture Contest

In this unique and humorous festival, two men who have been selected from the public wear traditional costumes to prepare the crucian carp as an offering. Using a pair of iron chopsticks and a knife, both men must remain synchronous during the preparation. If they make mistakes, the senior members of the festival heckle and help them through the cutting process. Here, the heckling is seen as a form of encouragement and is one of the attractions of this festival.

第 50回砂まつり大会

TIME: noon 12pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Moriyama Stn, 20-min bus to

TIME: All day • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Kinokuni Line, Shirahama

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Shirahama Beach • May 27 Every summer, amateur teams assemble to compete in the sand sculpture contest that takes place at the picturesque Shirahama Beach. Watch teams create gigantic sculptures solely made of sand that depict anything from famous landmarks to recognizable regional characters. The competition itself will take place from dawn until around noon 12pm followed by an awards ceremony announcing the competition s winners. Visitors are free to view both during and after the competition. Experience Wakayama s finest beach one step ahead of the summer crowds.

Osaka Nozaki Mairi 野崎参り

Nozaki Kannon Temple (Jigen-ji) • May 1-8 Every year thousands of visitors and festival stalls pack the street connecting JR Nozaki station and Nozaki Kannon Temple. Located at the foot of Mount Ikoma, the temple cordially welcomes you with live performances and a scenic view of the Osaka Plain. TIME: All day • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Nozaki Stn •

Takatsuki Jazz Street 高槻ジャズストリート

JR Takatsuki Station & Surroundings, Osaka • May 3–5 Jazz lovers rejoice in the perfect opportunity to indulge in a day of free music. The Takatsuki Jazz Street attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year and is one of the premier music shows in Japan. First held in 1999, this two-day jazz festival features over 800 bands performing at 70 venues; mainly around JR Takatsuki Station and Hankyu Takatsukishi Station. Take the special paradise bus between venues, and you might be lucky enough to run into some of the performers. TIME: 10am–midnight • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR/Hankyu Takatsuki Stn •

Thai Festival Osaka タイフェスティバル大阪

Osaka Castle Park • May 19 & 20 Osaka Castle Park will turn into a miniature Thailand for the annual Thai Festival! Spicy food, cultural dances, actionpacked kickboxing tournaments, and a nice mixture of modern and traditional culture will be on display from the Land of Smiles! TIME: 10am–8pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Osakajokoen Stn •

Kanku Tabihaku 関空旅博 2018

Kansai International Airport • May 19 & 20 Western Japan's largest air-travel fair. Tourism centers, travel agencies and airline companies will assemble to introduce the world of traveling. Watch live performances, enjoy international food, and learn about air travel. TIME: 10am–5pm ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR / Nankai Line, KansaiAirport Stn •

Craft Beer Live 2018 Minatomachi Riverside Place, Namba • May 26 & 27 Craft Beer Live brings craft beer breweries from around Kansai together for a 2-day event held in Osaka. The event features 33 Kansai-based breweries and other local craft beer bars serving up roughly 100 beers and great food, plus a range of live performances. TIME: Sat 26 (12–8pm), Sun 27 (11am–6pm) • ADMISSION: Free (Food/ drink TICKETS: ¥2,800 for 7 tickets) • ACCESS: Namba Stn • craftbeerlive. com

Osaka Castle Family Festival 戊辰戦争150年 大阪城ファミリーフェ スティバル2018

Osaka Castle Park • May 3–5 Traditional Japanese performing arts will be on show in front of Osaka Castle. This year marks the 150th year since the Boshin War broke out and Osaka Castle was the headquarters for the Shogunate Army. Kagura, a Shinto theatrical art, will be performed along with a matchlock-gun demonstration on the 3rd and a taiko drumming performance on the 5th. TIME: 11am-4pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Osakajokoen Stn, 15-min walk •

Pillow Festival まくら祭り

Hine Jinja Shrine • May 5 Established 1300 years ago, Hine Jinja is a unique shrine known for pillows. In the past, pillows were often offered to

Events  Cultural the shrine to pray for childbirth. However, throughout time, people s reason for visiting the shrine changed. Nowadays, many visit hoping to improve their quality of sleep. In this festival, 25 colorfully decorated pillows are put on five-meter bamboo poles and are paraded throughout the neighborhood. TIME: 9am • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Hineno Stn, bus to Higashiue •

competitions, cosplay, a mascot character, flea market and food and drink stalls. Danish passport holders and Disability card holders can get half-price admission.

Italian. Started in Kobe in 1997 after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, this long-running event is guaranteed to brighten up your day.

TIME: 10am–4pm • ADMISSION: ¥500

TIME: Open all day • ADMISSION:

adults, ¥300 children (under age 3 free) • ACCESS: Rokko Liner, Marine Park Stn, 5-min walk • Contact Kansai LEGO® User Group directly with INQUIRIES:

Free • ACCESS: JR/Hanshin/Hankyu Sannomiya Stn • index.html

Himeji Yosakoi Festival



Kyoto Craft Beer Festa Kyoto 2018 地ビール祭京都2018

Kyoto Sanjo-Kai Shotengai Shopping Street • May 13 Enjoy regionally brewed beer and local cuisine at this shopping street near Nijo Castle. More than 30 breweries from all over the country will serve their special craft beer. TIME: 11:30am–6pm • ADMISSION: Free

Around Himeji Castle, Hyogo • May 12 & 13 Yosakoi is a relatively new form of dance that originated in Kochi in the 1950s that fuses traditional dancing with contemporary music. The festival will feature over 52 teams with a total of 1200 performers as they showcase their dynamically choreographed performances at various locations around Himeji Castle including Otemae Park, Shiromidai Park, and the local shopping arcades.

(buy tickets for beer) • ACCESS: Subway Nijojo-mae Stn •

TIME: 9:30am-9pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Himeji Stn, 15-min walk •

Japanese Martial Arts Festival

Akashi Genjin Festival


Shiramine Shrine • May 5 Judo, kendo, swordplay, kusarigama – a sickle with chains and many other martial arts will be on display in front of the altar of Shiramine-jingu. TIME: 8:30am • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Kyoto Stn, bus to Horikawa-

imadegawa • event/budo

Hyogo Japan Brickfest 2018 Canadian Academy, Rokko Island, Kobe • Jun 9–10 Kansai Lego User Group and Canadian Academy are hosting Asia's largest international fan built LEGO® festival! There will be over 250 builders and more than 10 countries displaying hundreds of amazing original LEGO® models including robots, trains, castles, spaceships, buildings and much more, as well as activities for children,


Shinkaichi Music Street 2018 Minatogawa Park & Surroundings • May 12 & 13 Over 150 bands from various genres including rock, jazz, pop, and classical music will perform on the stages scattered throughout the town. Every year 80,000 visitors come for the tunes, food stalls, and the art market. TIME: Noon–6pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: Hankyu/Hanshin Shinkaichi Stn •

May 26 & 27 • Akashi City Yagi Iseki Park & Ishigadani Park Take a glimpse into the stone age world and see people strolling around with caveman-like costumes at this festival. This two-day event celebrates the discovery of the Akashi Primitive Man as the local community gets together and hosts a market filled with vendors and live performances. Sat 26 is the Festival of the Sea at Yagi Iseki Park and the Sun 27 is the Festival of the Land at Ishigadani Park. TIME: Sat 26 (2pm–8pm), Sun 27 (10am– 4pm) • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: Sat 26 (Sanyo Nakayagi Stn); Sun 27 (JR Okubo Stn, bus to Akashi Chuo Taiku Kaikan) •

Infiorata Kobe 2018 インフォラータこうべ2018

Kitano-Zaka & Surroundings • May 3–5 The streets of Kobe will come alive with artworks made with colorful tulip petals. "Infiorata" means "covered with flowers" in

Kamo Matsuri – Ancient Horse Racing Festival 賀茂祭 足伏走馬

Kamo Shrine, Shiga • May 6 Featuring the ancient horseracing ceremony known as ashifusesome, both the rider and horse are fully decked out in the colorful traditional garb of the Heian period as they dash through the 400m straight courses in the grove of the shrine. The shrine also provides a hands-on experience of riding on horseback during the event. TIME: 1pm–5pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Omihachiman Stn, bus or taxi to Kamohigashi •

Shinoda Hanabi Fireworks 篠田の花火

Shinoda Shrine • May 4

Nara Contemporary Crafts Fair: Chinyui Sodategusa 現代工芸フェアちんゆいそだてぐさ



Surrounding Koriyama Castle • May 19 & 20 Discover one of a kind craftwork by more than 100 contemporary craft artists with works that include ceramics, glass, wooden crafts, lacquerware, leather crafts, textiles, and metalwork. Drop by the kid-friendly craft workshops and savor the delicious food from the selected vendors. TIME: 10am-5pm (until 4pm on 19th) • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: Kintestsu Koriyama Stn, 10-min walk •

The Shinoda hanabi display is a surprisingly spectacular fireworks show. Different styles including a Niagara Falls-style fireworks provide for an explosive experience. Designated as a significant intangible folk cultural asset, this traditional Japanese fireworks display is unique to Shiga. TIME: 7pm (postponed to May 5 in case of rain) • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Omihachiman Stn, bus to Ueda • omi8. com/maturi/shinoda.htm

Wakayama Chujo-Hime Eshiki, Mask Parade 中将姫会式

Tokushoji Temple • May 14

Uchiwamaki (Fan Scattering Ceremony) うちわまき

Toshodaiji Temple • May 19 At 3pm hundreds of paper fans shaped like a heart will be thrown from Toshodaiji Temple s east compound in the belief that the fans ward off disaster and illness. TIME: 3pm • ADMISSION: ¥600 adults, concessions • ACCESS: Kintetsu Nishinokyo Stn, bus to Toshodaiji •

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This Buddhist event commemorates a heroine of a tragedy, Princess Chujo. Children wearing Buddhist god masks will parade around the temple grounds at 3pm. TIME: 1pm • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: JR Kii-Miyahara Stn, 20-min walk •



Aoi Matsuri Festival 葵祭

Kyoto Imperial Palace, Shimogamo & Kamigamo Shrines • May 15

One of the oldest festivals in Japan, Aoi Matsuri is said to have originated during the 6th century when Emperor Kinmei reigned. Aoi is Japanese for hollyhock, which is decorated generously on costumes, floats, and other ornaments. Over 500 people participate in the procession adorning traditional dresses from the Heian period. The captivating procession moves to Kamigamo-jinja from the Imperial Palace via Shimogamo-jinja. It is free to stand and watch or follow along with the parade, but buying tickets for seats is also possible. TIME: 10:30am • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: Marutamachi Subway Stn •

Events  Art Jacques Henri Lartigue “Jacques Henri Lartigue – Photographie, C’est Magique!”

Harunobu from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jacques Henri Lartigue Exhibition • Until Jun 3 • OPEN: 10am–6pm • CLOSED: Mon • ADMISSION: ¥1,300 • ACCESS: Tozai Subway Line, Higashiyama Stn, 10-min walk • TEL: 075-752-5555 •

Abeno Harukas Art Museum

Retrospective KEN TAKAKURA

Nishiki-e is a type of ukiyo-e woodblock print known for its high quality and rich color combinations. Suzuki Harunobu (1725?–70) is remembered as Japan s pioneering Nishiki-e artist, who derived inspiration from previous versions of the genre called Benizuri-e, woodblock prints which were limited to two or three colors. Harunobu s innovative Nishiki-e prints would come to dominate the age as demand for his vibrant works skyrocketed. Despite their popularity, copies of Harunobu s works exist in Japan in limited numbers, with over 80% held overseas. This exhibition showcases 150 pieces from the Harunobu Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Guests are invited to enjoy this rare opportunity to experience a comprehensive view of Harunobu s artistic influence within Japan.

Ken Takakura, affectionately referred to by audiences as Ken-san, was an immensely popular Japanese actor and singer who appeared in over 200 films throughout his career. He won the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role four times, more than any other actor in history. This multimedia exhibition takes a look back at Takakura s film acting career by examining his work with other revered artists and directors, including Tadanori Yokoo and Daido Moriyama. On display are scenes extracted from all 205 of Takakura s films presented alongside rare items owned by the actor such as scripts and props, as well as still photographs, posters, and press sheets.

Harunobu Exhibition • Until Jun 24 • OPEN: 10am–6pm (until 8pm Tues–Fri), last enrty 30mins before closing • CLOSED: May 7, 14, 21, 28 • ADMISSION: ¥1,300 • ACCESS: Osaka-Abenobashi Stn, direct walk • TEL: 06-4399-9050 •

Retrospective KEN TAKAKURA • Until May 27 • OPEN: 10am–5pm ( last entry 4:30pm) • CLOSED: Wed • ADMISSION: ¥1,000 • ACCESS: Hanshin line, Koroen Stn, 6-min walk • TEL: 0798-33-0164 •


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Retrospective KEN TAKAKURA Main Visual

Otani Memorial Art Museum, Nishinomiya City

Florette,Vence mai 1954 © Ministère de la Culture-France/AAJHL

As part of the Kyotographie International Photography Festival, the Hosomi Museum presents a selection of pieces by Jacques Henri Lartigue, an early 20th Century amateur photographer whose work was kept hidden from the public until it was shown at a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York when he had already reached 69 years of age. As a child, Lartigue was gifted with a wooden view camera by his father and quickly developed a fascination with photography, going on to devote his life to documenting moments of happiness. The debut of his works in 1963 caused a stir around the world and carved a space in the history of photography for this gifted artist with an eye for joy.

フロレット ヴァンス 1954年5月

鈴木春信 「浮世美人寄花 路考娘 瞿麦」 明和6年(1769)頃 中判錦絵 ボストン美術館蔵 William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, 11.19518, Photograph c Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Hosomi Museum

Events  Art Coney Island Project Tezukayama Gallery •  Until Jun 2 New York-based Japanese painter Kotatsu Iwata presents over 150 original paintings and drawings based on the theme of Coney Island, a popular summer destination set in Brooklyn. The artist was inspired by the scenery of the area, which created feelings of nostalgia that reminded him of his childhood days. OPEN: 12pm–7pm • CLOSED: Sun, Mon & holidays • ADMISSION: Free • ACCESS: Namba Stn, 10-min walk • TEL: 06-65343993 •

Kyoto Elliott Erwitt Exhibition Kahitsukan – Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art •  Until Jun 10 On display are 60 signed original prints by photographer Elliott Erwitt, internationally acclaimed for his candid black and white shots of absurd or ironic situations taking place in everyday settings. The works are organized by four themes: Moments of Theater, Little Neighbors, Scenes with Children, and Witnesses of the Era.

Special exhibition "Caricatures of the Edo Period - From Toba-style Paintings to Hokusai, Kuniyoshi and Kyōsai" Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts Toba-e, a style of Japanese painting introduced during the Edo period, focused on caricatures and cartoons popular in 18th-century Osaka. These figures, often portrayed as anthropomorphized animals, were typically drawn with low noses, large mouths, and long, thin limbs representative of a playful and organic charisma. Toba-e style images were widely published and sold as picture books. Though the popularity of Toba-e did not endure for long, it evolved into and influenced modern manga works renowned today for their comedic elements. This exhibition presents a selection of Toba-e works expressing the essence of this Kansai-based genre, which contributed to the comedic culture of Osaka throughout the ages.

歌川国芳「きん魚づくし ぼんぼん」 個人蔵(通期展示)


Toba-e Works Exhibition • Until Jun 10 • OPEN: 9:30am–5pm (last enrty 30mins before closing) • CLOSED: Mon (except Apr 30) • ADMISSION: ¥1,400 • ACCESS: Tennoji Stn, 10-min walk • TEL: 06-4301-7285 (Osaka City Call Center) •

OPEN: 10am–5:30pm • CLOSED: Mon • ADMISSION: ¥1,000 • ACCESS: Keihan line, Shijo Stn, 3-min walk • TEL: 075-5251311 •

Hyogo Hidekazu Sugai Exhibition BB Plaza Museum of Art •  Until Jun 17 Enjoy a number of paintings by Akashi City-based artist Hidekazu Sugai, who began traveling around Western Japan during his 20s and became inspired by the people and places he witnessed. His works mainly focus on detailed local scenes characterized by vast blue skies. OPEN: 10am–6pm • CLOSED: Mon • ADMISSION: ¥400 • ACCESS: Hanshin line, Iwaya Stn, 1-min walk • TEL: 078802-9286 •

Back to 1918: Time Travel with the Museum Collection

Tezukatsu! Osamu Tezuka x The Aikatsu! Series

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art •  Until Jun 24

Takarazuka City Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum •  Until Jun 25

This exhibition includes artworks organized by the decade of their creation or works related to events that happened during those years. Travel back in time through the lens of artists who documented history as they lived it. OPEN: 10am–6pm • CLOSED: Mon • ADMISSION: ¥500 • ACCESS: Iwaya Stn,

8-min walk • TEL: 078-262-0901 • artm.

Aikatsu Stars! is a collectible card game launched in May 2016 as a successor to the Aikatsu! arcade game series. This multimedia exhibition presents 150 illustrations recreating the idol group the game is based on. OPEN: 9:30am–5pm • CLOSED: Wed • ADMISSION: ¥700 • ACCESS: Takarazuka Stn, 8-min walk • TEL: 0797-81-2970 • city.takarazuka.hyogo. jp/tezuka

Shiga Sarugaku Masks : Shaping the Culture of Noh Miho Museum •  Until Jun 3 Some 350 noh masks dating back as far as the Nara period are on display. This wide variety of pieces was worn in performances held in three areas of the Honshu heartland. These works shed light on the nature of Japanese performing arts and popular culture throughout history. OPEN: 10am–5pm • CLOSED: Mon • ADMISSION: ¥1,100 • ACCESS: JR Ishiyama Stn, bus to Miho Museum stop, short walk • TEL: 0748-82-3411 •

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Food & Drink



Check out three of Kansai s character cafes featuring menu items inspired by characters from media and pop culture. Text: Brooke Larsen

Gudetama is an animated egg character created by Sanrio, the masterminds behind the Hello Kitty empire. We can all relate to this egg, who s personified as a lazy but lovable creature who just wants to be left alone. Located in Umeda s HEP 5 building next to the massive hub station of the same name, this cafe celebrates all things Gudetama with its bright decor and delicious, unique dishes. The menu items include a mouth-watering roast beef rice bowl with an egg decorated with Gudetama s face, as well as an unusual but tasty white curry featuring yellow rice styled as the title character. The dessert menu offers sweets like parfaits, pancakes, and pudding, and the drink menu has matcha and cafe lattes with Gudetama s funny little face on top. This year, it s Gudetama s five-year anniversary, so this month the Gudetama Cafe is celebrating with some special limited-edition menu items, including sweets styled to look like the Osaka favorites of takoyaki, kushikatsu, and okonomiyaki. Menus are in both English and Japanese, and reservations are not necessary. OPEN: 11am–10:30pm • Price RANGE: ¥450– ¥1,200 • ACCESS: JR Osaka Stn; Umeda Stn, less than a 5-min walk • gudetama.

The Guest Cafe & Diner Osaka Any anime or pop culture fan will feel at home at The Guest, a Japanese chain restaurant with a location in Shinsaibashi. This restaurant features a rotating lineup of themes that change every few months, giving fans a chance to nerd out by feasting on omelets and parfaits styled after their favorite characters. Past themes include animes Ranma ½ and Sailor Moon and the film Your Name ( Kimi no Nawa). The dishes and drinks also change with each rotation, but the aesthetic and quality are always similar. One of the most notable menu items is the latte, which comes with very detailed and realistic latte art – the designs look like they were taken straight from the screen. The food menu tends to feature four elaborately decorated entree items and four incredibly sweet and decadent desserts. There is a gift shop with themed merchandise and a spot to pose for a commemorative photo, but wait times can be long, so for parties of more than two, it s best to make a reservation (in Japanese only) at least the day before. Until the end of June, the theme will be based around the comedian Robert Akiyama. Eleven creators have produced menu items based on some of his fictional characters.

Arashiyama Rilakkuma Cafe Arashiyama in Kyoto already has a lot going for it, however, this cafe might just take the cake. Rilakkuma – a cute but stone-faced teddy bear – is another beloved fictional character who became immensely popular due to his kawaii appearance and chill personality (Rilakkuma literally stands for relaxed bear ). The cafe features Rilakkuma and his friends on the walls and in your food, their cute faces staring up at your from rice and pasta dishes. Like many character cafes, the novelty of the cute dishes often outweighs the taste. The curry, however, is both tasty and adorable. The Kyoto bento lunch is also very cute and quite flavorful. Imagine tiny teddy bear heads made of rice peeking out from seaweed wraps and sliced carrots cut in the shape of Rilakkuma s head. You can dine in on the second floor or order take out at street level, where there is also a gift shop. The restaurant does not take reservations, so at busy times there may be a wait. OPEN: 10:30am–5:30pm • Price RANGE: ¥450–¥1,650 • ACCESS: JR Arashiyama Stn, 6-min walk •

OPEN: 11am–9pm • Price RANGE: ¥700– ¥1,500 • ACCESS: Midousuji Subway Line, Shinsaibashi Stn, 5-min walk • the-guest. com

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Photos: Gudetama, Brooke Larsen; The Guest Cafe, Matt Hodgkins; Rilakkuma Cafe, Brooke Larsen

Gudetama Cafe Osaka

Events  Live Music Mary’s Blood Japanese power-metal band Mary s Blood has just released the album Revenant, meaning a new beginning. The band describes the album as a varied mix of cool and emotional tracks, adding that there is lots to sing along with and they re looking forward to performing them live. Next year will be 10 years since Mary s Blood formed and last year they had their biggest tour year yet. In 2017, they visited and played in many places they hadn t been before and made lots of great memories. Japanese power metal seems to be attracting a growing audience overseas, especially in the UK and other parts of Europe. The band says they re happy that Japanese metal is being noticed, and they look forward to touring Europe in the future.

May / Jun Rock & Pop Muncie Girls May 4 UK punk-pop trio Namba Bears, Osaka • Punk-pop • TIME: TBA • ¥TBA • TEL: 06-6649-5564

Pink Floyd Trips May 5 Japanese Pink Floyd tribute band Soma, Osaka • Rock • 6:30pm • ¥5,000/¥5,500 • TEL: 06-6212-2253

Nakamura Emi May 16 Japanese pop hip-hop vocalist



Japanese Power Metal Band • Club Quattro, Osaka • Metal • 6pm • ¥4,500/¥5,000 • TEL: 0570-200-888

Rainer Maria

Japanese experimental rock band

May 19

Muse, Kyoto • Experimental • 7pm • ¥3,800 • TEL: 075-223-0389

Three-piece Emo rock band from Wisconsin

Kubihuri Dolls

Helluva Lounge, Kobe • Emo • 7pm • ¥3,000/¥3,500 • TEL: 078-331-7732

May 18

Pika Space, Osaka • Mixed genres • 6:30pm • ¥1,000 • TEL: 070-5507-7430

Queeness May 27

Japanese rock trio

Nils Frahm

Japanese Queen tribute band

Taku Taku, Kyoto • Rock • 7pm • ¥3,000/¥3,500 • TEL: 075-351-1321

May 22

Abeno Rock Town Hall, Osaka • Rock • 6:30pm • ¥4,000/¥4,500 • TEL: 066632-6900

German classical-electronic musician and composer


Club Quattro, Osaka • Alt Classical • 7:30pm • ¥7,500 • TEL: 06-6535-5569

May 17 Canadian singer Milosh s musical project

Knower May 28

Suomi Feast 2018 Event

American electronic duo

Club Quattro, Osaka • Alt. R&B • 7:30pm • ¥6,800 • TEL: 06-6535-5569

May 24–26


Three-day metal event ft. Finnish bands Turisas, Beast In Black, and Stool

Billboard Live OSAKA, Osaka • Electronic • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥5,500/¥6,500 • TEL: 06-6342-7722

May 19

Soma, Osaka • Metal • 4:30pm • ¥5,000/¥9,000 • TEL: 050-5586-8199

Chicken George, Kobe • Pop Hip-Hop • 7pm • ¥4,000 • TEL: 06-6882-1224

Japanese rock band s 15thanniversary tour

A flood of circle

Muse, Kyoto • Rock • 6pm • ¥4,900 • TEL: 075-223-0389

May 16

Live music (mixed genres), DJs, and food

Night of a Thousand Eyes Vol. 20

Austin Mahone May 30 US pop vocalist Grand Cube, Osaka • Pop • 7pm • ¥8,000 • TEL: 092-714-0159

May 26

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Events  Live Music


19 Rainer Maria Originally from Wisconsin, three-piece band Rainer Maria disbanded at the end of 2006 with a final show on December 17th of that year. Such was the enthusiasm from the audience that night that guitarist Kaia Fischer remarked on stage that we should break up every night. After an eight-year break, Rainer Maria got back together for a show on New Year s Eve 2014. Further shows were added in 2015, and last year they released the new album S/T. It was described by online music magazine Pitchfork as slower, heavier, and more methodical versions of the group. On the reunion, Fischer said, It was amazing to come back together and see how all three of us had grown personally and musically. Three-piece Emo rock band from Wisconsin, USA • Helluva Lounge, Kobe • Rock • 7pm • ¥3,000/¥3,500 • TEL: 078-3317732


Asian Kung Fu Generation Jun 14 & 15 It s now just over 20 years since vocalist Masafumi Goto, guitarist Kensuke Kita, and bassist Takahiro Yamada came together and formed their first college band. Later joined by drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi, they released their debut album, Kimi Tsunagi Five M in 2003. Since then, the band has released eight studio albums, the last being Wonder Future in 2015. Most recently, Asian KungFu Generation has released live material and re-recordings of earlier tracks. They state their influences over the years as many Western bands such as Manic Street Preachers, Supergrass, Oasis, Weezer, and Teenage Fanclub to name just a few, though it s easy to hear a mixture of music leanings such as pop, punk, and metal in their songs. Japanese alternative-rock band • Zepp Osaka Bayside, Osaka • Rock • 7pm • ¥5,400/¥5,900 • TEL: 0570200-888

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Knower May 28 Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi, music school graduates, began making electro-pop-funk-jazz music together in 2009 and released their first collaboration in 2010. That first album was released under their names as opposed to the band name of Knower. Most of their early exposure came via YouTube, and after building a following, they released the album Think Thoughts in 2011 Although the only permanent band members are Artadi and Cole, they have worked with an extensive list of musicians, especially for live shows. In 2017, the band s popularity grew in the US and Europe, and they opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in four major European cities. The duo continues to write music for high-profile artists and movie soundtracks as well as performing as Knower themselves. American electro-funk duo • Billboard Live OSAKA, Osaka • Electro Funk • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥5,500/¥6,500 • TEL: 06-6342-7722

Live Music Yuzu May 30 & 31 Japanese pop duo Osaka Jo Hall, Osaka • Pop • 7pm • ¥8,300/¥8,900 • TEL: 0570-02-9999

Tony MacAlpine & Vinnie Moore May 31 US rock guitarist double bill Club Quattro, Osaka • Rock • 7pm • ¥7,800 • TEL: 06-6311-8111

Billboard Live OSAKA, Osaka • Singer-songwriter • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥11,000/¥12,000 • TEL: 06-6342-7722

Kinoco Hotel Jun 6 Japanese four-piece group sounds rock band Club Quattro, Osaka • Group Sounds • 7:30pm • ¥3,800 • TEL: 06-6311-8111

Mary’s Blood Jun 9


Japanese melodic speed-metal group

Jun 1–3

Club Quattro, Osaka • Metal • 6pm • ¥4,500/¥5,000 • TEL: 0570-200-888

Japanese visual-kei rock band Abeno Rock Town Hall, Osaka • Rock • 7pm Jun 1; 6:30pm Jun 2; 6pm Jun 3 • ¥4,500/¥5,000 • TEL: 06-6632-6900


Billy Preston Memorial Live

Japanese pop trio

Jun 9

Taku Taku, Kyoto • Pop • 6pm • ¥3,000 • TEL: 06-6357-3666

Jun 6 Live band tribute to keyboardist Billy Preston

Megumi Mori Jun 10

Live Spot Rag, Kyoto • R&B-soulrock • 8pm • ¥1,500/¥3,300 • TEL: 075-241-2022

Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist

Carnal Decay

Taku Taku, Kyoto • Singer-songwriter • 5pm • ¥5,200 • TEL: 06-6357-4400

Jun 6

Jun 10 Seven-piece Japanese-American ska-punk band


Varit, Kobe • Ska-Punk • 5pm • ¥4,000 • TEL: 06-6535-5569

Jun 2 Japanese five-piece melodic speed-metal band Clube Quattro, Osaka • Metal • 6pm • ¥4,300/¥4,800 • TEL: 06-6311-8111

May 25 Muse, Kyoto • Metal • 7pm • ¥4,300/¥4,800 • TEL: 075-223-0389

Corinne Bailey Rae Jun 6 British singer-songwriter

Mardelas Jun 10 Japanese power-metal band Live Sq. 2nd Line, Osaka • Metal • 5:30pm • ¥3,500/¥4,000 • TEL: 066453-1985

Maxi Priest Jun 12 R&B reggae artist from England Billboard Live OSAKA, Osaka • R&B Reggae • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥8,500/¥9,500 • TEL: 06-6342-7722

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Socore Factory, Osaka • Metal • 5:30pm • ¥3,300/¥4,300 • TEL: 066567-9852



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Events  Live Music INTERVIEW



Tony MacAlpine & Vinnie Moore Tony MacAlpine has a career spanning three decades and 13 studio albums. He is best known as an instrumental-rock solo guitarist, although he has worked with many different bands and musicians in guest appearances and collaborations. Vinnie Moore is an American guitarist who emerged from the late 80 s virtuoso guitar boom as a member of the hard rock band UFO. KS spoke with Tony Macalpine about their double headlining visit to Japan. You’ve worked with Vinnie Moore in the past on a number of occasions, how did this current collaboration come about?

US rock guitarist double bill • Club Quattro, Osaka • Rock • 7pm • ¥7,800 • TEL: 06-6311-8111

We have always enjoyed each other s musical company since the very first time we crossed paths many years ago at the rehearsals and eventual recording of Vinnie s 1986 solo release Mind’s Eye. And then again for the 1999 sessions of another of his solo releases The Maze. Over the years, we have consistently shared the same philosophy of music being a multifaceted art form that survives and rewards those who indulge in much of its comforts and unpredictable repercussions. With the Japan gigs being two sets, how long will the shows be?

It should be of no surprise that it will be a very full night of music that will focus on some material that Vinnie wrote and much of my solo material that I have composed from the early 80 s until now. I will also play the complete Maximum Security in its entirety. So yes it shall be a fairly long evening of guitar instrumental music with perhaps a little piano Instrumental music tossed in there. Should be a music lover s dream! You released the album Death of Roses last September. What’s the story behind the album title and how would you describe this album?

The record was composed while I was spending a considerable amount of time away from music as a player but not as a composer. The release was constructed with a feeling of wanting to utilize my keyboard and guitar playing simultaneously. I was indulging in this quite a bit with Steve Vai, this simultaneous playing I m speaking of.

Danny Kortchmar Jun 14 US rock, pop, blues guitarist Billboard Live OSAKA, Osaka • Rock pop • 6:30pm/9:30pm • ¥8,800/¥9,800 • TEL: 06-6342-7722


Finnish Heavy Metal Band Club Quattro, Osaka • Metal • 7pm • ¥7,500 • TEL: 06-6535-5569

Jun 14 & 15 Japanese alternative-rock band since 1996

You’ve played a number of different guitars over the years including seven and eight strings. What’s your main guitar at the moment?

The Muggles

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May 21 Japanese jazz saxophonist s second album release Mister Kelly’s, Osaka • Jazz • 7:30pm/9pm • ¥4,000/¥4,500 • TEL: 06-6342-5821

Sadao Watanabe May 22 Japanese jazz saxophonist

Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Zepp Osaka Bayside, Osaka • Alt Rock • 7pm • ¥5,400/¥5,900 • TEL: 0570-200-888


Ami Nakazono

Jun 14

The title of the record predicts my desire to branch into different styles which will be realized in the very near future.

I m spending quite a bit of time playing live with my sevenstring Ibanez instruments. These guitars really have a place in my performance because they are within the perfect range of expression. I found the eight-string instruments to be bit too cumbersome harmonically speaking. We will have some really interesting news shortly about upcoming additions to my instrument collections. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all in Japan!

Jazz & Blues

Every Fri & Sat Mellow ballads, classic rock, and dynamic rock n roll from Osaka-based jamming band Woodstock Café, Ashiya • Group Sounds • Entrance Free (¥2,000 for 2 drinks + snack) • TEL: 07-9734-1044

Live Spot Rag, Kyoto • Jazz • 7:30pm • ¥7,344/¥9,180 • TEL: 075-241-2022

Miyuki Fujino May 31 Japanese funk-jazz saxophonist Mister Kelly’s, Osaka • Funk • 7:30pm/9pm • ¥4,000/¥4,500 • TEL: 06-6342-5821

T-Square Jun 2 Japanese jazz-fusion band since 1978 Namba Hatch, Osaka • Jazz Fusion • 4:30pm • ¥6,500 • TEL: 0570-200-888

Events  Club Circus


One of the longest running underground parties in Osaka, MIDI_sai has invited many influential DJs over the years. Just last year, they hosted top acts like Luke Vibert and Ceephax Acid Crew. This Golden Week Soundmurderer is coming back to Japan to join the MIDI_sai for the first time in eight years. Soundmurderer, a.k.a. Todd Osborn, is an American DJ/producer from Detroit who has worked across different electronic music genres for 20 years. He began by releasing jungle tracks on his label Rewind Records. In the early 2000 s, he started producing techno and house as Osborne on the Michigan-based independent label Spectral Sound, an offshoot of Ghostly International. He even produced ghetto tech with Brian Gillespie and Starski & Clutch on Databass, the Detroit ghetto tech label. Besides Todd, the Midi_ sai residents DJs will be playing eccentric Osakan


flavored dance music as always. From acid house to hardcore jungle, there will be something for everyone – enjoy music without borders! MIDI_sai -18th Anniversary Special!! feat. Soundmurderer a.k.a. Todd Osborn in Osaka (Techno/Jungle/Acid) • ACTS: Soundmurderer a.k.a. Todd Osborn, Fulltono, Ka4u, Ove-Naxx, Distest, Doddodo, Shaka-itchi + more • OPEN: 9pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,600/1D (ADV: ¥3,100/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

May 2 (Wed) Joule Mark Night (EDM/House) • DJS: Mark Knight, Sekitova, Mika Kitten + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,500/1D (ADV: ¥3,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-62141223 •

Move Club Move 21st Anniversary Danny Krivit The Most Excellent Release Tour 2018 in Shiga (Dance Classics/Deep House) • DJS: Danny Krivit, K-suke, Masaaki + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥ 4,500/1D (ADV: ¥3,500/1D, W/F: ¥4,000/1D) • WHERE: Shiga • TEL: 077523-3870 •

Triangle Rave on!!!! (Drum n Bass/Hardcore Techno/Bass) • ACTS: Abitan, 490, Getty, Oshirijima, T-brave, Yanmah + more • OPEN: 9pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D (ADV: ¥2,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6212-2264 •


Troop Cafe Delicious Sound feat. San Proper (House) • DJS: San Proper, Yukke, Kaito, Torei + more • OPEN: 10:30pm • ADMISSION: Free • WHERE: Kobe • TEL: 078-321-3130 •

3 (Thu/Holiday) Circus Lark (Minimal) • DJS: Yoske, Spot + more • OPEN: 11pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,100/1D (ADV: ¥1,600/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-62413822 •

Ghost Ultra Lounge Crack-Golden Week Special (Hip Hop/Open Format) • DJS: Macko, Nore, Bullset + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: Gentlemen ¥1,500/1D; Ladies & Foreigners ¥700/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-62140545 •

Metro Tone Float (Techno)

• DJS: Kabuto, Kazuma, Unagi + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D • WHERE: Kyoto • TEL: 075-752-2787 •

Namura Zosen Atochi Cocalero presents High Life (Techno/Drum n Bass) • DJS: Pendulum, Josh Wink, Ben Sims, Octo Octa, Okadada, Ageishi, Altz + more • OPEN: 3pm-5am • ADMISSION: ¥4,800/1D (ADV: ¥4,300/1D) • WHERE: Kitakagaya • TEL: 06-4702-7085 •

Noon + Cafe Hoofit - DJ Spinna Japan Tour Spring 2018 - (Hip Hop) • DJS: Spinna, K-katsu, Kazukiyo, Questa, Dy • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,500/1D (ADV: ¥2,500/1D) • WHERE: Umeda • TEL: 06-6373-4919 • noon-cafe. com

4 (Fri/Holiday) Alzar Wols/Alzar 1st Anniversary Day 1 (Techno)

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• DJS: Gonno, Wata Igarashi, Takaaki Itoh, Loe • OPEN: 11pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,500/1D (ADV: ¥2,500/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 090-6960-8527 •

Ghost Ultra Lounge Loyal- Golden Week Special (Open Format) • DJS: Imai, J Amour, Minami Boyz + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: Gentlemen ¥1,500/1D; Ladies & Foreigners ¥700/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6214-0545 •

Jaai 369 Barningman (Psychedelic Trance/Techno/Rave) • DJS: Pavtek, Avantgard, Gas, Shokobons, Kawai, Asage + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥ 1,500/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 080-3037-3214 •

Joule Stüssy presents Stones Throw Japan Tour 2018 Osaka (Hip Hop) • DJS: Peanut Butter Wolf, Questa, K-Flash, Ikkei + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,500/1D (ADV:

Events  Club ¥3,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6214-1223 •

Troop Cafe Barrio Lindo & R Vincenzo Japan Tour 2018 in Kobe (Electronic/ Tribal) • DJS: Barrio Lindo, R Vincenzo, Shhhhh, Halptribe, Zumbo + more • OPEN: 5pm– 11pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D (Under 23YRS: ¥1,000/1D) • WHERE: Kobe • TEL: 078-321-3130 •

5 (Sat) Alzar Alazar Saturdays Manic / Alzar 1st Anniversary Day2 (Techno/ House) • DJS: Tomoyuki Tanaka, Daruma, Nao Nomura, Osakaman + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥1,500/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 090-6960-8527 •

Ghost Ultra Lounge En:Core – Golden Week Special (Hip Hop/R&B/Open Format) • DJS: Minami, B=Ball, Malu, Macko + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: Gentlemen ¥1,500/1D; Ladies & Foreigners ¥700/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6214-0545 •

Joule Hospital Gogo vol.15 (Hospital themed Fetish/SM Show/Hard Techno) • SM SHOW: Mistress Rika • SHOWCASE: Emi, Canon, Cecil + more • DJS: Linda, M.minami, Merupo, Ibi + more • OPEN: 9pm • ADMISSION: ¥4,500/1D (ADV: ¥3,500/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6214-1223 •

Metro Do it Jazz! × Dego / 2000 Black Japan Tour 2018 (Jazz/Crossover) • DJS: Dego, Sota, Masaki Tamura, Kazuhiro Inoue + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,500/1D (ADV: ¥3,000/1D) • WHERE: Kyoto • TEL: 075-752-2787 •

Piccadilly New Ôrder Sp. Guest Cat Dealers (EDM) • DJS: Cat Dealers, New Kid’n Play, Ray, Shinji, Silver Fox, Walt, Genki, Chikara + more • OPEN: 9pm • ADMISSION: Gentlemen ¥3,500/1D; Ladies ¥2,000/1D • WHERE: Umeda • TEL: 066809-5895 •

Rooftop Bar OO


Synch ∞ (Techno/House)

Purmooon vol.43 feat. Joe Gill (Balearic/Disco)

• DJS: Mia, Mika, You-more, Yasu + more • OPEN: 10pm–3am • ADMISSION: Free • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 080-49744835 •

• DJS: Joe Gill, Mori Ra, Kojin, Yae Sun Laurent • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥1,000/1D • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6484-3110 •


7 (Mon) Hokage Hokage presents Naniwa Ambient (Ambient/Noise/Electro) • ACTS: Okahashi Nobuhiro, …aka Nikola Mounoud, Numbfoot, 10000v, William Nurdin, Kazehito Seki + more • OPEN: 7pm–11pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,800/1D (ADV: ¥2,300/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6211-2855 • musicbarhokage. net

8 (Tue) G.R.Cafe Terrace Tuesday Deep Dubstep Lounge vol.2 (Deep Dubstep)

Joule & Alzar

• DJS: Anthony Naples, Huerco S, Low Jack + more • OPEN: 11pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,600/1D (ADV: ¥3,100/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

• ACTS: Double Helix, Tron Spectra Sonics, Kazya, Pepe, Hofmann, ShowHey + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,000 • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6214-1223 •


Noon + Cafe

K.n.s.i (Rave/Jungle/Drum n Bass/ Hard Tech)

Deathmix 1st Anniversary!!! (Drum n Bass/Juke)

• ACTS: Nmdb, MC Stone, Horn, Grindcircus, Matres, Yanmah + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D (ADV: ¥2,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6212-2264 •

• LIVE: Izumi, Analog 4 • DJS: Fulltono, Shogun, Tuttle, Irimito, Pan + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D • WHERE: Umeda • TEL: 06-6373-4919 •

Bush feat. Cleymoore & Yuzo Iwata (Minimal House/Techno) • DJS: Cleymoore, Yuzo Iwata, Soichi, Ebo • OPEN: 11pm • ADMISSION: ¥2,500/1D (ADV: ¥2,000/1D, Under 23YRS: ¥1,500/1D) • WHERE: Kobe • TEL: 078-321-3130 •

11 (Fri) Alzar Div feat. = André Hommen (House)

13 (Sun)

• DJS: André Hommen, Takekiyo Ishimoto, Tamo, Kim-Galaxy + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,000/1D (ADV: ¥2,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 090-6960-8527 •

Noon + Cafe Vibes Crossover (Afro/Latin/ Disco/Jazz) • LIVE: Real Thing, Dig.Dug • DJS: Tan Ikeda aka P.m.d.m.f, Angel, Fox-x + more • OPEN: 10:30 pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,000/1D (W/F: ¥2,500/1D, FOREIGNERS: Free) • WHERE: Umeda • TEL: 06-6373-4919 •

12 (Sat) Alzar G.l.y feat DJ Sodeyama (Techno) • DJS: Sodeyama, Shingo, Yuumi, Goldtights, Lobo, Yodaharuka + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,000/1D (ADV: ¥2,000/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 090-6960-8527 •

19 (Sat)

C.E presents Anthony Naples, Huerco S. & Low Jack (Ambient/ House)

Troop Cafe

• DJS: Shohei + more • OPEN: 8pm11pm • ADMISSION: Free • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6212-6707 •

• DJS: Mac Gyver, Dub Kazman, Sak-Dub-I, Hiroshi • OPEN: 9pm–2am • ADMISSION: ¥1,500/1D • WHERE: Namba • TEL: 06-6575-9464 •

Circus Shigeto Japan Tour 2018 Osaka (IDM/Electronic) • DJS: Shigeto, Metome, Kafuka, Mightwhales, Sahar + more • OPEN: 6pm–11pm • ADMISSION: ¥4,100/1D (ADV: ¥3,600/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

DMT Entertainment × Fullcollor (Psychedelic Trance)

19 (Sat) & 20 (Sun) Stihl No Mori Kyoto (Fumin No Mori Hiyoshi) The Star Festival 2018 (Techno/ Electronica) • ACTS: Jimmy Edgar, Talaboman, Shigeto, Soichi Terada, Shinichiro Yokota, Fumiya Tanaka, Ivy Lab, Metome, Jonny Dub + more • OPEN: 8:00am-5pm on 20th • ADMISSION: ¥10,000(ADV: ¥9,000) • WHERE: Nantan City, Kyoto • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

25 (Fri) Circus Jimmy Edgar Japan Tour in Osaka (Electronic/Techno)

18 (Fri) Joule Go Hard (Hardstyle/Hard Dance// Hardcore) • ACTS: Festuca, Yoji Biomehanika, M.Minami, Horn feat MC Hiro, Sweetz + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: Gentlemen ¥3,500; Ladies ¥3,000 • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-62141223 •

Night Wax Dub Meeting Osaka vol.4 feat. Mac Gyver (Reggae/Dub)

• DJS: jimmy Edgar + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: ¥3,600/1D (ADV: ¥3,100/1D) • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

26 (Sat) Circus Beginning presents 1991 Japan Tour in Osaka (Drum n Bass) • DJS: 1991 + more • OPEN: 10pm • ADMISSION: TBA • WHERE: Shinsaibashi • TEL: 06-6241-3822 •

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Events  Cinema Note: for show times and ticket information, please contact the cinemas directly

Toho Cinemas Umeda Now showing: Pacific Rim Uprising, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, The Boss Baby, The Pentagon Papers, Valerian, Red Sparrow, The Commuter, Tomb Raider, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Unlocked, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War • From May 4: I Tonya, 12 Strong, Suburbicon • From May 11: Mollys Game, Stronger • From May 18: Peter Rabbit, Rampage • From May 25: All The Money In The World, Isle Of Dogs • From May 26: Phantom Thread Tel: 06-6316-1312 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st & 14th of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Umeda Burg7 Now showing: Pacific Rim Uprising, Loveless, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Red Sparrow, The Pentagon Papers, Tomb Raider, The Boss Baby, Coco, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War • From May 12: The Florida Project • From May 18: Rampage Tel: 06-4795-7602 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Cine Libre Umeda Now showing: In The Fade, The Way He Looks, British Museum presents: Hokusai, The Confessions, Les Liaisons dangereuses, 120 Beats per Minute, Wonderstruck, La Grande Illusion, Patti Cake$, The Square • From May 5: Elena and Her Men (FRA), On Body and Soul (HUN) • From May 12: Leatherface, The Last Waltz, The Young Karl Marx Tel: 06-6440-5930 • umeda • Discounts: Weds (women, men); 1st of the month – ¥1,100

Theatre Umeda Now showing: The Only Living Boy in New York, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Lucky, Centaur, In Bloom, Eye On Juliet, Hampstead • From May 5: Schumann s Bar Talks


• From May 12: I Am Not Your Negro • From May 19: Dalida



Tel: 06-6359-1080 • umeda • Discounts: Weds (women, men); 1st of the month – ¥1,100

Osaka Station City Cinema Now showing: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dangal, Pacific Rim Uprising, Ready Player One, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Call Me by Your Name • From May 4: Suburbicon • From May 11: Midnight Sun, Stronger • From May 18: Peter Rabbit, Rampage • From May 26: Phantom Thread Tel: 06-6346-3215 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Toho Cinemas Namba Now showing: Pacific Rim Uprising, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, The Boss Baby, The Pentagon Papers, Darkest Hour, Valerian, Red Sparrow, The Commuter, Tomb Raider, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Unlocked, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Call Me by Your Name • From May 4: I Tonya, 12 Strong, Suburbicon • From May 11: Mollys Game, Stronger • From May 18: Peter Rabbit, Rampage • From May 25: All The Money In The World, Isle Of Dogs • From May 26: Phantom Thread Tel: 06-6633-1040 • • Weds (women); 1st & 14th of the month – ¥1,100, every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Namba Parks Cinema Now showing: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Wonderstruck, Pacific Rim Uprising, The Greatest Showman, The Only Living Boy in New York, Ready Player One, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Patti Cake$, Hampstead, The Square • From May 4: Suburbicon, 12 Strong • From May 5: MET: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte • From May 11: Midnight Sun • From May 12: Leatherface, The Florida Project • From May 19: MET: Verdi: Luisa Miller

Ready Player One. From Apr 20.

Tel: 06-6643-3215 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Tel: 075-353-4723 • • Discounts: Weds (women & men); 1st of the month – ¥1,100

Toho Cinemas Nijo

Kyoto Movix Kyoto Now showing: The Only Living Boy in New York, Pacific Rim Uprising, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Wonderstruck, Dangal, Red Sparrow, Valerian, The Pentagon Papers, The Commuter, Tomb Raider, The Boss Baby, Coco, The Shape of Water, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Patti Cake$ • From May 4: Suburbicon, 12 Strong • From May 5: MET: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte, Midnight Sun • From May 18: Peter Rabbit, Rampage • From May 19: MET: Verdi: Luisa Miller, Dalida • From May 25: All The Money In The World, Isle of Dogs • From May 26: Phantom Thread Tel: 075-254-3215 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st and 20th of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Kyoto Cinema Now showing: The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Life Animated, Body, The Confessions, In the Fade, A Fantastic Woman, The Rainbow Thief, Dancing Beethoven, The Square, The Old Gun, Heartstone, Detroit • From May 5: Dries • From May 12: Schumann s Bar Talks • From May 19: Sukita • From May 26: Lucky, The Secret Scripture, Safari, The Big Sick

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Now showing: Pacific Rim Uprising, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, The Boss Baby, The Pentagon Papers, Dangal, Darkest Hour, Valerian, Red Sparrow, The Commuter, Tomb Raider, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Unlocked, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War, Call Me by Your Name • From May 4: I Tonya, 12 Strong, Suburbicon • From May 11: Mollys Game, Stronger • From May 18: Peter Rabbit, Rampage • From May 25: All The Money In The World, Isle Of Dogs • From May 26: Phantom Thread Tel: 075-813-2410 • • Discounts: Weds (women); 1st & 14th of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

Hyogo OS Cinema Mint Kobe Now showing: Pacific Rim Uprising, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Red Sparrow, The Pentagon Papers, Valerian, Tomb Raider, The Boss Baby, Coco, The Greatest Showman, Ready Player One, Marvel Avengers: Infinity War • From May 18: Rampage, Peter Rabbit • From May 25: All the Money in the World Tel: 078-291-5330 • • Discounts: Tues (women); 1st and 16th of the month – ¥1,100; every day after 8pm – ¥1,300

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FREE ABACUS CLASS FOR FOREIGNERS FREE ABACUS CLASS FOR FOREIGNERS. OFFERED BY O.C.C.I. and Osaka Abacus Assoc. to promote int l goodwill. Individualized lessons taught in Japanese or English. Saturdays 10-12 am. Course material provided for free. Near Sakaisuji-Hommachi and Kitahama. Call: Moritomo Ken 066572-6877. Website: https://sites. abacus-classes • Contact: mail@ KANSAI SCENE CYCLING CLUB. Join like-minded cyclists for gentle jaunts into the Kansai countryside. Sometimes. Hey, we're all busy people right? Why suffer alone when you can suffer together? Share and discover the best routes in the region and meet some fellow weekend warriors. Rides will start/end in Osaka for the time being. Join us on Strava: clubs/kansaisceneCC

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Osaka-shi and Sakai-shi • May 17 Aug 1. A Theoretical and Practical course that explores the ancient wisdom of ancient Asia and its applications in our daily lives. Join these interesting workshops and discover the surprisingly up-to-date, effective and practical teachings that will help you acquire the keys to a better quality of life. Time: Weekdays at night/ weekends • Entry Fee: 6,000 yen/ month • Access: Sakai: 2 minutes walk from Kitanoda Station / Osaka: 10 minutes walk from Umeda station • Website: http://

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PART-TIME PRIVATE TEACHING JOBS IN ALL KANSAI AREA (OSAKA, KYOTO, KOBE ETC.). part-time. Looking for private language students? Pick your own lesson fee, schedule and location and then students will directly contact you! Available for : English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Burmese, Cantonese and Arabic. Salary: around 2,500-3,500 (negotiable) • Company Name: • Website: https://hello-sensei. com/en/sensei • Contact: contact@

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Getting Around


The Kansai area covers the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Wakayama, Nara, Mie, and Shiga. There is so much to explore, so you ll need to prioritize your time wisely. Its main travel hubs are Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, all of which are well connected by high-speed rail networks, including the shinkansen (bullet train). On regular trains, you can travel between Osaka and Kyoto in about 45 mins, and between Kobe and Osaka in about 30 mins. If you are here on holiday, pick up a convenient travel pass, such as the Kansai Thu Pass ( or Kansai One Pass (, to avoid having to negotiate the ticket machines. Use a website such as HyperDia ( to check train times and platforms from your smartphone.

Get Kansai Scene Kansai Scene is available from the following major outlets in the Kansai region:

OSAKA Hotels and Guesthouses





Hyatt Regency, Nikko Hotel, St. Regis, Swissôtel Nankai Osaka, Ritz Carlton, Hilton Osaka, Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka, InterContinental Hotel Osaka Tourist Information Centers




Osaka Visitors Information Center (JR Osaka), Hankyu Tourist Center Umeda, Osaka Visitors Information Center (JR Namba), Kansai Tourist Information Center (KIX), Kansai Tourist Information Center (Shinsaibashi), Nankai Information Center (Namba) Shops

Trains and Subways

Airport Transfers

There is an excellent rail network connecting all corners of Kansai. As well as JR (Japan Rail), there are numerous private railway companies servicing the area, including Keihan (Osaka/Kyoto), Hankyu (Osaka/Kyoto), Nankai (Osaka, Wakayama, Koya), Hanshin (Osaka/Kobe), and Kintetsu (Osaka/Nara/Mie/Nagoya). Each line operates several types of train. For the fastest trains, look for the Limited Express service trains. Be aware that Local trains stop at every station on the line, so only take them if no other type of train stops at your station. Subways operate in Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto and are an extremely efficient way to get around the cities.

To/from downtown Osaka, the most convenient option is the Nankai Rapi:t Express service (KIX <> Namba 42mins) or a Limousine Bus. To/from Kyoto, take the JR Airport Express HARUKA service (75 mins).

» Tip: Pick up a Railway Network

map from a major station or Tourist Information Center.

Buses For out-of-the-way locations, or in certain cities such as Kyoto, you may need to take a bus. A travel pass usually includes travel on municipal bus services.

Taxis Fares start from ¥500. The drivers wearing white gloves and official hats tend to be the most courteous, but don t expect English to be widely understood. Have your destination name and address on hand in Japanese.

Kinokuniya Bookstore Umeda, Kinokuniya Honmachi, Tower Records Umeda, Junkudo Namba, Hard Rock Cafe


ATMs and Credit Cards If you re using Visa, you will be able to withdraw cash at most bank or convenience-store ATMs. If you re using Mastercard, your best bet for withdrawing money is at 7-Eleven ATMs. Most other ATMs in Kansai do not accept Mastercard. It is not common to make in-store payments using credit or visa-debit cards in Japan, even for expensive purchases. Many shops and restaurants do not offer this service, so be sure to carry plenty of cash with you.

Wi-Fi Getting connected in Kansai can be tricky. Renting a smartphone or SIM card at the airport is the safest option, to connect to the internet over a 3G or 4G network. In Osaka, you can access the Osaka Free Wi-Fi service at train and subway stations, stores and facilities throughout the prefecture.

Accidents and Emergencies » Ambulance/Fire service: Tel: 119 » Police: Tel: 110

Hotels and Guesthouses

Royal Hotel, Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto, Kyoto Nikko Hotel Tourist Information Centers

Kyoto Tourist Information Center, Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto, Kyoto International Community House Shops

Junkudo Kyoto, Maruzen & Junkudo Kyoto Main Store, GEAR

KOBE Hotels and Guesthouses

Kobe Bay Sheraton, Kobe Portopia Hotel Tourist Information Centers

Kobe International Community Center, Hyogo International Plaza Shops

Junkudo Nishinomiya, Junkudo Sannomiya, Kinokuniya Kobe

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Hot Springs and Hellscapes in Hakone; Golfing in Kansai; Osaka Craft Beer

Kansai Scene #216 May 2018  

Hot Springs and Hellscapes in Hakone; Golfing in Kansai; Osaka Craft Beer