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Soba and Udon in Hiroshima – More Than Tasty Staples

Jan 31, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Along with rice, noodles are a staple of the Japanese diet and central to everyday life, from quick lunches to...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima – Out With the Bad, in With the Good!

By Hugh Cann

Each year, on the third of February, harried fathers across Japan put on paper demon masks and are pelted with...[ Click to read more ]

Valentine’s Day in Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

First, a brief introduction to the origin of Valentine's day. Valentine’s Day is celebrated in February as a month of...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima New Year’s Traditions: Hatsumode and the Tondo Festival

Dec 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

There are two main events or traditions marking the beginning of the new year in Japan. Auspiciously, the first visit...[ Click to read more ]

Sake Bank Hiroshima: Japanese Sake Tasting

By Hugh Cann

In my work in tourism, I’ve often had the pleasure of taking guests to breweries or to bars in other...[ Click to read more ]

Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

With the cold creeping in, there is nothing like an excellent steaming coffee to warm the cockles. I am a...[ Click to read more ]

Color Bathing at Sandan-kyo in Hiroshima

Oct 31, 2019 By Hugh Cann

photo by Netanya Fink Come Autumn (or Fall, if you’re from the USA or in the unlikely event that you’re...[ Click to read more ]

Things to do in November 2019 in Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

Personally, Autumn is my favourite. The climate (well until recent years – but let’s not go there), food, events.  November...[ Click to read more ]

Miyajima: The Shrine Island of Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

The tradition of Miyajima centers on the belief it is the place where the Gods dwell and by virtue is...[ Click to read more ]

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Sushi: a Short History and Where to Get It in Hiroshima

Sep 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

The earliest form of sushi, known today as narezushi, most likely originates in the paddy fields along the Mekong River...[ Click to read more ]