Author Archive Matt Mangham

Matt Mangham


Hiroshima Ski and Snowboard Resorts

Nov 27, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way...[ Click to read more ]

Onsen In and Around Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

Hot springs, or ‘onsen,’ are a great idea any time of year, but there’s something about being outside and up...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Ebisuko Festival 2018

Oct 29, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Across Japan, Ebisu is one of Shinto’s most popular deities. Deaf and lame, and always laughing (hence the Japanese term...[ Click to read more ]

Firewalking at Miyajima 2018

By Matt Mangham

Japan has a slew of fire rituals, the most famous of which being Kyoto’s famous Daimonji Festival. These festivals, leveraging...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Grand Inoko Festival

By Matt Mangham

Inoko Festivals are a familiar feature of autumn across western Japan. With roots in ancient Chinese harvest festivals celebrated in...[ Click to read more ]

Saijo Sake Festival in Higashi Hiroshima

Sep 27, 2018 By Matt Mangham

In early October of every year, Hiroshima Prefecture’s Saijo town (part of Higashi-Hiroshima) lets its hair down for a massive,...[ Click to read more ]

Takehara Shokei-no-michi Candle Festival near Hiroshima

Sep 26, 2018 By Matt Mangham

If you missed the Onomichi Lantern Festival on the 13th, or you were blown away by it and wanted more,...[ Click to read more ]

Onomichi Lantern Festival Near Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

Onomichi’s Lantern Festival (Onomichi Akari Matsuri) makes for a perfect way to see this jewel of a small city and...[ Click to read more ]

Ghibli Expo Hiroshima: From Nausicaä to Marnie

Aug 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

It’s no secret that one of Japan’s chief exports is its popular culture, and the films of Studio Ghibli rank...[ Click to read more ]

Full Moon Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en in Hiroshima

By Matt Mangham

Tsukimi, or Moon Viewing, is a Japanese tradition going back to the Heian period, when portions of the old Chinese...[ Click to read more ]