Lesser-Known Attractions in Japan

Wisteria Tunnel
Wisteria Tunnel


The president and CEO of research and development at SoftJoint, Inc., John Frauens, MD, has spent the last four decades leading a successful career. Focusing his practice of orthopedics and rehabilitation, he has performed over 3,000 joint replacements. Outside of work, Dr. John Frauens enjoys traveling to such locations as Japan. Some of its most beautiful sights are missed by many tourists. Below are just some of Japan’s best lesser-known destinations:

Wisteria Tunnel: Found in Kitakyushu, the Wisteria Tunnel serves as unique alternative to the more popular cherry blossom viewings in other places in Japan. In late April and early May, the tunnel takes visitors under a blanket of hanging wisteria flowers. The experience is often regarded as magical, but the tunnel is rather lackluster during the rest of the year.

– Tanizen Suspension Bridge: The longest steel-wire suspension bridge in Japan stretches along for close to 1,000 feet. It rests roughly 170 feet above the Nara Valley floor and is the sight of Yuredaiko, an annual event that involves playing Japanese drums on the bridge. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

– Zao Fox Village: Home to more than 100 foxes, the Zao Fox Village in Mount Zao gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with six different fox species. Visitors to the village can purchase small amounts of food for the foxes in the large free-range section, and enjoy the village’s various torii gates that pay homage to the animal’s role in Japanese myths.


Steelers Linebacker Vince Williams Signs Three-Year Contract

Vince Williams
Vince Williams


After serving as an orthopedic surgeon for the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group for more than 25 years, Dr. John Frauens accepted a position as an orthopedic consultant at the Hawaii Division of Corrections in Honolulu. In his free time, Dr. John Frauens pursues a variety of hobbies, and enjoys following his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In a recent press release, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Vince Williams signed a new three-year contract extension. Williams, a 6-foot-1-inch, 247-pound linebacker, was drafted by the Steelers in 2013 and has spent his entire professional career with the team.

After making 11 starts during his rookie season, Williams moved to the reserve squad and has since become one of the team’s top defensive backups. Over the course of his career, the Florida State alumnus has chalked up 85 solo stops and pulled down 26 special-teams tackles in 47 appearances. This season, Williams will likely continue to serve as a backup inside linebacker for 10-year veteran Lawrence Timmons.