Kansai Scene Magazine


Beauty and beastliness

Feature : From eyesore to eye candy, visual clutter and bombardment are part of the everyday life for the city dweller and do not normally warrant comment or attention or even any kind of opinion. There is advertising, signage, graffiti, fashion and a seemingly random mix of architecture. You like it or you lump it or you move out of the city. KS has taken the time to scrutinise this cluttered, unregarded backdrop to our lives. Where once we saw chaos, we now see instances of real fine art, guerrilla outbreaks of self-expression and iconography that may be mere pollution or an insidious assault on freedom of choice.

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:: Online Articles


Art space Osaka
Public art in the big city


Osaka's grey canvas
Osaka as a backdrop for urban guerilla artists

:: culture

Imitation nation
Sampling Japan's imitation food

:: update

A whole world of Heritage
UNESCO's World Heritage in Japan


Escape to samurai village
Yagyu, Nara

:: sport

Sporting chances
Osaka as international sports host

:: Kansai Listings


Up to date cinema listings guide so you always know what's on, where and when!

:: ART

Best exhibitions & listings


Best events & listings


Best gigs & listings


All the hot picks

:: Also in this month's mag


Le Un Restaurant, Kobe


Beer, beer, everywhere


Best festivals & listings


New releases & recommendations


Best films & cinema listings


Sign in for kanji

:: feature

Visual pollution
Signs that say what you never really asked

:: living

What you want, when you want it
TV on demand

:: TRAvEl

Thrilla in Manila
Philippinesf thrilling capital

:: sPoRTs

The top of the mountain
Rugby World Cup 2007
World Athletics Championships in Osaka
Schedule and city guide