Kansai Scene Magazine


Animal empire

Feature : Taking the train from Tokyo to Fukuoka through Nagoya, Osaka and Hiroshima, the urban development barely lets up. Japan's Pacific coast is almost one huge conurbation and home to most of the population. It is easy to forget that this is because most of the country is mountains and forests and all that green is home to a great variety of birds, beasts and bugs, none of which are very far away. Similarly, the many rivers and continual closeness to the ocean means that this nation's teeming aquatic life is always just next door. If you go down in the woods today, you might be in for a big surprise. KS cozies up with our non-human neighbours.

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:: Online Articles


Where the wild things are
Kansai's beasties rounded up


Blood in the water
Dolphin culling near Taiji


Twitching in Osaka? It's a shore thing
Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary

:: CulTuRE

Pump up the volumes
In praise of Japanese paperbacks

:: profile

I, spy
Novelist Berry Eisler

:: getaway

Bringing it all together
Muro, Nara

:: travel

Coastal Korea
Sokcho, Samcheok, Gyeongju, Busan

:: 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

:: gouRmET giRl

Tapas @ Tucusi


Sam & Dave, Nagahoribashi


Best festivals & listings


New releases & recommendations


Best films & cinema listings


Check in


Life imitates games
Grand Theft Auto IV

:: REAd

An eye on Kyoto
One Hundred Views of Kyoto by John Foster