Hiroshima is Slowly Reopening!

ByHugh Cann
May 28, 2020

Hiroshima is Slowly Reopening!

As you may have gathered, it is a bit of a snail’s pace creep back to trading hours for most places in Hiroshima. Hiroshima was fortunate enough to be comparatively low risk. Funny that. Even though it has been a big Chinese tourist destination, it did not suffer as much as the other major destinations ( Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Hokkaido).

As of writing, Hiroshima has had a total of 167 identified cases, of those 140 have already been released from the hospital, and there were only three fatalities; all elderly and suffering contributing conditions. But it is gradually settling down, and Hondori has returned to its usual wandering crowds.

The department stores have all returned to pre-pandemic trading hours.

  • I am glad to report Nagarekawa bar and restaurant district is getting busy again/ I do enjoy those balmy summer evenings having a cool drink on the balcony of Bar Revolucion.
  • As bars and restaurants go. Pretty much all are doing eat in again. Okonomi Mura is pretty much back to usual trading hours.
  • Mac is open again at regular trading hours.
  • Kemby’s opens back to regular trading hours the first weekend of June. There will be live music on the first Friday of June (5th) to kick off the return to trading at Kemby’s.
  • Molly Malone’s tentatively plans to reopen June 2. Mark plans regular hours but subjects to change so keep an eye on their FaceBook page.
  • Southern Cross has closed its doors. This was a consequence of other issues and coincidental to the virus outbreak. I have to say old Anker’s approach was a bit “how’s your father”, so for those who enjoyed the open mic night there it will be missed but it’s not a total surprise.

Generally speaking, all things are returning to normal. Question is will it be an evolved kind of normal? Probably not but it reminds us of how tenuous things can quite suddenly become and that the small pleasures in life really are pleasures. Will “open” in Hiroshima look like the picture above, or is “normal” a relative term? I guess we will all find out together.

Anyhow, I hope to see you at Kemby’s on 5th June. Apparently (TBC) your first drink is on the house as a gesture of appreciation for patronage.

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