Top Hanami Sites near Hiroshima

Mar 25, 2020 By Admin

Hanami is what the Japanese call "flower viewing,"  especially cherry blossoms (桜 sakura) with friends and family. In modern practice, hanami is enjoyed, especially by the younger generations of Japan, with copious amounts of food and drink. The practice is so popular that finding and securing a good spot in...[ Click to read more ]

Teppanyaki in Hiroshima– Not Just a Fantastic Meal, it’s a Show!

Mar 04, 2020 By Hugh Cann

Nothing like a bit of sizzling seafood or beef to set the mouth-watering! Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine that typically uses a propane-heated, flat-surfaced iron skillet to cook the food in front of guests at restaurants. The word teppanyaki is an aggregate of the Japanese words “teppan,” the very...[ Click to read more ]

Kintaikyo Bridge and Iwakuni Castle: Hiroshima Day Trips

By Hugh Cann

If you are looking for a famous sightseeing opportunity near Hiroshima with beautiful scenery, then look no further than Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture, an easy day trip away. It has something to suit everyone, historic wooden engineering, to a castle museum, to lucky white snakes and ice cream of every...[ Click to read more ]

White Day in Hiroshima and Other Events in March

By Hugh Cann

Valentine’s Day is not all chocolates and roses for men; you have to pay the piper. Exactly one month later, on March 14, men who received a "honmei-choco," ('chocolate of love') or "giri-choco" ('obligation chocolate') on Valentine's Day are expected to return the favor by like-wise giving gifts. Traditionally, popular...[ Click to read more ]

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Hiroshima

Feb 22, 2020 By Matt Mangham

The truth is, if you're going to be in Hiroshima a while, you will find your way to Molly Malone's (just 'Molly's' to regulars) on Chuo Dori sooner or later without my help. Hopefully, though, you'll make that sooner, because if any place in town has a right to call...[ Click to read more ]

Rain, Rain, Go Away! Places to Go in Hiroshima When it rains

Feb 20, 2020 By Admin

How’s about this rain, hey? Well, actually, no, that’s not what most of us have been asking or saying here in Hiroshima. It involves far more colorful language, and none of it is positive. Combined with fluctuating temperatures, it’s causing all sorts of problems, particularly with people who have allergies....[ Click to read more ]

Eat Your Noodles (Hiroshima Edition!)

By Matt Mangham

Everyone loves noodles, and it’s easy to see why. For less than 1000 JPY, you’ll walk out of a good noodle shop satisfied with both the food and the atmosphere. And in Hiroshima, as in any large Japanese city, we have a whole world of noodles to explore. Let’s look...[ Click to read more ]

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 iconic festival dishes. There are a wide variety of noodles available in Japanese cuisine. The most commonly eaten noodles are soba and udon.  Soba uses buckwheat flour, and has a more...[ 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 roasted soybeans by their children, who cry “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi!” (Demon out, Fortune in!) until dad flees out the front door into the night air. Or turns...[ 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 romance. Its origin is a bit murky, but St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it, is a mix of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. One story suggests Valentine was...[ Click to read more ]