The following magazines and publications are made specifically for foreign residents of Kansai or Japan. They are extremely useful, and it is highly suggested that you pick up a copy each one.
Free monthly magazine with articles, restaurant & bar listings, classifieds, etc. relevant for foreigners living in Japan. This is a nationwide magazine and tends to be a bit Tokyo-centric. Available at the Hyogo International Plaza. Home page here.
Kansai Flea Market
You can find just about anything in this little B5-sized classifieds paper: bargains, jobs, discount travel deals, good bar locations, Japanese teachers, language-exchange partners or you can even use the personal column to find "a friend" or that special someone. Available free at the Hyogo International Plaza and the K.I.C.C., Kinokuniya, Junkudo, etc.
Kansai Scene is a free monthly magazine somewhat similar to the KTO but with more gloss, and more city-based information. It is generally not quite as informative as the KTO, but has really good maps of Kobe, Osaka and Kyoto in the back. You can pick it up the Hyogo International Association and the K.I.C.C., Kinokuniya, Virgin Megastore Kobe, the Dubliners, Kobe Grocers, etc., or you can pay ¥3,000 a year to have it delivered to your home. Home page here.
Kansai Time Out (KTO)
Note: Kansai Time Out has been discontinued as of 2009.
Monthly magazine with good articles on various aspects of life as a foreigner in Japan. Perhaps most valuable for its extensive monthly information about the Kansai area. Includes cultural classes and Japanese lessons you can attend, and new book and movie reviews. Also contains lists of current festivals, movies, flea markets, a comprehensive music concert guide, classifieds, and various supplements to keep you generally occupied and informed. Is definitely worth the modest subscription fee. You can also find it at most large book stores in the Kansai area.
Per copy: ¥300
Subscribe online or by fax.
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