The History of Japan’s Majestic Fall Colors

Nov 25, 2019 By Mark Guthrie

Japan's most popular season for tourists is surely spring. When the cherry blossoms bloom people from inside Japan and from all over the world gather in popular beautiful spots to bask in the traditional scenes of pinks, reds and whites that form many of our preconceptions of Japan's natural state....[ Click to read more ]

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Buying Holiday Decorations, Wrapping Paper & Lights in Hiroshima

Nov 20, 2019 By Admin

With Christmas fast approaching, thoughts turn to presents and brightening up the home with a few decorations. If you haven't already got your shopping for the season planned out, here are a few tips on where to buy some of the essential materials. Costco This is a good bet if...[ Click to read more ]

Yokogawa: The Old Hiroshima Neighborhood

By Admin

Yokogawa, in the west of Hiroshima, has been my neighborhood since 2014. I was introduced to it via a friend who said she thought it would suit my arty, creative personality. She said lots of quirky and interesting people live here and she was right. The area has a very...[ 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 from pre-industrial revolution England), the colours of the leaves change into vibrant shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown. It’s a magnificent sight that has inspired artists and poets for...[ 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 marks mid-Autumn and is the month of rich autumn colour and harvest festivals replete with good things to gorge yourself on. Here are some recommendations to enjoy: Momiji Maple Viewing...[ 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 a sanctified place. The Great Torii gate, which according to the Shinto faith is a boundary between the spirit and human worlds, boldly marks the landing entrance to the island....[ Click to read more ]

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Hiroshima`s Autumn Leaves

Oct 28, 2019 By Jade Brischke

Starting in mid September the "koyo front" slowly moves its bands of color south from Hokkaido to central and southern Japan and the end of November where it turns to winter, and many families will head to local parks, or to the mountains and countryside to enjoy the cooling temperatures...[ Click to read more ]

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 in Southeast Asia. The prototype narezushi is made by lacto-fermenting fish with salt and rice to control putrefaction. It then spread southward. In Japan, the dish's introduction overlaps with the...[ Click to read more ]

The Red Capped Statues – The Patron Saint of Children.

By Hugh Cann

If you’ve visited Mitaki Temple on the city outskirts or perhaps Daishoin Temple on Miyajima (or many other places throughout Japan) you will surely have come across small stone statues of monks wearing red knitted caps and bibs across the chest. These are statues honoring the Jizo Bosatsu. Jizo is...[ Click to read more ]

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Japanese Sake: Sake Festival in Hiroshima

By Hugh Cann

To begin with, we all know the word sake (pronounced sa-keh not sa-ki). But in fact, that is the generic term in Japanese for alcohol. If you want to order it and not sound like a complete “blow-in” you would be better ordering it as Nihon-shu. Most Nihon-shu (from my...[ Click to read more ]