About Us

Welcome to Kansai Odyssey!

Japan’s Kansai region is well know to b the cultural heart of this ancient country. Osaka City, the second largest metropolis in Japan, has a rich history and a very proud distinct culture all it own. Despite being a place with so much history and character, it seems that Osaka is often overlooked by visitors to Japan who often spend only a day, or even a few short hours in Osaka. On this blog we hope to show all that Osaka has to offer with an emphasis on the history, food, and culture not just of Osaka City, but Osaka Prefecture as well. We also offer information about fun and interesting places in the Kansai region that are usually under two hours from Osaka city center.


About Lina and Shigeharu:

Lina is from the US and started studying Japanese in high school. In university she major in psychology  as well as minoring in Japanese. In 2009, she was part of the Japan in Today’s World (JTW) program in Fukuoka’s Kyushu University. Lina was also an ALT for a couple years in Saitama, Japan.


Shigeharu is a tried and true Osaka native. After spending his formative years in Osaka, Shigeharu earned his bachelors in Tokyo before earning a masters in linguistics in the United States. Currently, he is the youngest person on record to receive a “Top Tier” rank from the Osaka Kentei exam, a test that focuses exclusively on Osaka history and culture.


A Message From Lina and Shigeharu

In my experience, coming to Japan is the fruit of many years of hard work—usually a combination of a lot of saving and dedication to studying the Japanese language. I hope this blog can provide everyone with information that I certainly did not have my first time coming to Japan. I have always been passionate about Japanese culture and history and am excited to be able to share it. We take great care to make sure we give accurate and well researched information about all the great things you can find in Osaka and the Kansai region. I also hope that our articles will help you be able to write your own odyssey in Japan and invigorate you to explore this special country.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

When I was a boy, I always thought there was nothing special in Osaka and always dreamed of going to Tokyo. However, after I went to Tokyo for university, I realized how unique Osaka is and how different Kansai is from Kanto (i.e. East Japan).
On this website, I want to share information known only by Osaka’s locals with our readers. I truly hope this information will not only help the many visitors to Osaka from all over the world, but also people who, for however long, have decided to make Osaka their home.

Welcome to Osaka, and I appreciate for your visit today.



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