Kansai

Kansai and Kanto prove again that they are each distinct regions when it comes to food

Tokyo and Osaka are only about 2.5 hours away by bullet train, so perhaps you wouldn’t think they’d be that different. But while Kanto (Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba) holds the image of a glittering metropolis, Kansai (Osaka, Kyoto, Nara) is full of the old, historical aspects of Japan. The most commonly cited difference is the dialects of the two regions. For example, dame in Kanto-ben is akan in Kansai-ben, both meaning something like “wrong, no good.”

So when Japanese people were polled about their food habits, it wasn’t so surprising that the two regions answered very differently.

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Kansai scraps “power off” mobile phone ban on trains; Kantō won’t budge

There are seemingly endless things one is not allowed to do on Japanese trains: eat or drink, put on makeup, talk on the phone, take up too much room. Most of these are sensible if strict, making life more pleasant for everybody in a jam-packed carriage. There’s one rule that’s a bit more unusual, though, and that’s the requirement that you switch your phone off near the priority seats.

Mobile phones can interfere with pacemakers, ran the conventional wisdom. So to give passengers with medical equipment a safe haven from electronic interference, most train companies asked passengers to switch phones off completely in certain areas. This summer, rail companies in Kansai more or less ditched that policy, saying it’s no longer necessary. Tokyo, meanwhile, shows no signs of changing the rules. Read More

The differences between people in Kansai’s most famous cities, as told by Buddhist Gods

As in most countries, the Japanese tend to generalize the personalities of people who come from certain regions. Just like you can easily tell the difference between a Californian and a New Yorker, not just by accent but by general attitude and overall vibe, the Japanese have long held that you can spot an Osaka native in Tokyo from a mile away and vice versa.

Tokyoites, according to Japanese in other regions, are kind enough but are always busy and therefore have little time to spare for passing strangers. The people of Kansai, on the other hand, are said to be a lively bunch – more openly friendly if cantankerous than the rest of their countrymen.

But did you know that, in Kansai especially, overall personality changes city to city? Don’t take our word for it, just ask these Buddhist Gods:

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Astronomer warns of major earthquake in Kansai as early as next week

After last month’s false alarm of a large earthquake over our mobile phones, Nara and surrounding area residents’ blood pressures are finally getting back to normal. Well, don’t put away those paper bags yet. Now there’s another reason to worry. Research out of Yatsugadake Nanroku Observatory is suggests that we can expect a major earthquake of at least magnitude 7 to hit somewhere in the Kansai area from next week.

Earthquake-prone Japan is no stranger to proclamations of doom so it’s hard to get too worked up. However, the head of the observatory, Yoshio Kushida has made this prediction with a truly unique method that if correct could revolutionize earthquake prediction. Rather than looking down at the ground, Kushida suspects we can detect earthquakes better by watching the skies.

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161 Dachshunds Rescued From Abusive Breeder in Osaka, In Need of Homes

The Osaka Animal Welfare and Husbandry Department announced that it is desperately seeking homes for some of the dogs rescued in a major seizure of breeding dachshunds last year. Read More

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