Hiroshima City

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...[ Click to read more ]

Eat Your Noodles (Hiroshima Edition!)

Feb 20, 2020 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....[ 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...[ Click to read more ]

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima – Out With the Bad, in With the Good!

Jan 31, 2020 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,...[ Click to read more ]

Valentine’s Day in Hiroshima

Jan 31, 2020 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...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima New Year’s Traditions: Hatsumode and the Tondo Festival

Dec 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

There are two main events or traditions marking the beginning of the new year in Japan. Auspiciously, the first visit of the year to the shrine called Hatsumode, and followed...[ Click to read more ]

Sake Bank Hiroshima: Japanese Sake Tasting

Dec 26, 2019 By Hugh Cann

In my work in tourism, I’ve often had the pleasure of taking guests to breweries or to bars in other cities where we sample the delights of high-quality "nihon shu,"...[ Click to read more ]

Coffee for Life: Coffee Shops in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Hugh Cann

With the cold creeping in, there is nothing like an excellent steaming coffee to warm the cockles. I am a bit of what I shamelessly refer to as a coffee...[ Click to read more ]

Winter Illumination in Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2019 By Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya...[ Click to read more ]

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...[ Click to read more ]