A Driving Obsession – Where to Play Golf in Hiroshima

Jul 22, 2019 By Hugh Cann

In 1903 a group of British expatriates established the first golf club in Japan, in Kobe. In 1913, the Tokyo Golf club at Komazawa was established for and by native Japanese who had encountered golf in the United States. In 1924 The Japan Golf Association was established by the seven...[ Click to read more ]

Kure City – Historic Charm on Hiroshima’s Seto Inland Sea

By Hugh Cann

Kure on the Seto Inland Sea approximately 45 minutes by train from Hiroshima is a city steeped in the historic charm and scenic beauty of the Seto Inland Sea and forms part of Japan's industrial backbone.  As the second oldest naval port it hosts the Yamato Museum, other attractions are...[ Click to read more ]

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Teppanyaki in Hiroshima: Showy and Sizzlingly Tasty

By Hugh Cann

Teppanyaki is a post–World War II-style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food. The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan, which is the metal plate on which it is cooked, and yaki, which means grilled, broiled, or pan-fried. In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using...[ Click to read more ]

Fukuyama, the Gem of East Hiroshima Gem

Jun 28, 2019 By Hugh Cann

Only a 30-minute bullet train ride or a 90-minute drive from Hiroshima, Fukuyama City has many gems and a big plus is that it is apparently unaffected (so far) by the surge in tourism in Japan. Fukuyama seems like a brother overlooked because of the appeal of elder his brother....[ Click to read more ]

A History of Hiroshima’s Soul-Food, Okonomiyaki

By Hugh Cann

Okonomiyaki (o-konomi-yaki) is often described as a Japanese savory pancake made from a variety of ingredients that includes shredded cabbage, flour, and yam-based batter, meat (generally fresh pork belly) and seafood. The name comes from the word okonomi, meaning "how you like" or "what you like," and yaki meaning "cooked"...[ Click to read more ]

Cooling off with a Dip – Summer Swimming in Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

Hiroshima is known for many things, but in summer it is known for humidity, and if not accustomed, the heat and humidity can be debilitating.  I grew up in a seaside village in the northernmost reaches of Australia's Sydney metropolitan area. Sydney is also known for its humidity, and I...[ Click to read more ]

Out Drinking in Hiroshima

May 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

You have had a great week and want to celebrate, or possibly it was one of those weeks that felt like a string of Mondays one after the other and you just want to have a quiet drink and put it behind you. Here are some suggestions for places to...[ Click to read more ]

Hiking Mt Mitaki in Hiroshima City

By Hugh Cann

The best hike within Hiroshima City is a great bush hike to the summit of Mt Mitaki on the outskirts of the city. Mt Mitaki is best known for Mitaki-dera (三瀧寺), an historic Japanese temple nestling on the mountainside, a very short but entirely well worthwhile journey from Hiroshima city...[ Click to read more ]

The Mazda Museum in Hiroshima – More Than You’d Expect

By Hugh Cann

Amongst the museums, galleries, and attractions you will find in Hiroshima, perhaps one of the more surprisingly interesting is the Mazda Museum. In fact, it may well be news to you indeed that the Mazda brand originated in Hiroshima and where the Mazda Motor Corporation, founded in Hiroshima in 1920,...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Takehara and Tomonoura in a Day

Apr 24, 2019 By Matt Mangham

With a nice little string of holidays at the beginning of May, you may be thinking of braving the roads for a day trip. From Hiroshima, there are any number of directions you might set off in, but if you’re fond of historic districts and traditional Japanese scenery, one sure...[ Click to read more ]

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