Hiroshima City

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima

Jan 25, 2019 By Matt Mangham

  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...[ Click to read more ]

Hot coffee on a Winter Day. Hiroshima’s Best Cafes.

Dec 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

It’s January, and suddenly western Japan is a great deal colder than you thought it would be. You want to go out, but you don’t want to go out. What...[ Click to read more ]

Books and Coffee in Hiroshima

Dec 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

We’ve already talked about where to track down Hiroshima’s best hot coffee in the depths of January, but once you’re in the cafe, you’ll need something to read, surely. You...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Cinemas

Dec 28, 2018 By Matt Mangham

This is one of the best times of year to see a movie. Time off, cold weather outside, and a flotilla of holiday releases all clamoring for an audience. Luckily,...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Winter Illuminations

Nov 27, 2018 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 ]

Onsen In and Around Hiroshima

Nov 27, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Hot springs, or ‘onsen,’ are a great idea any time of year, but there’s something about being outside and up to your chin in hot water that just really appeals...[ Click to read more ]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Hiroshima 2018

Nov 19, 2018 By Admin

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so, don't delay! ...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima’s Ebisuko Festival 2018

Oct 29, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Across Japan, Ebisu is one of Shinto’s most popular deities. Deaf and lame, and always laughing (hence the Japanese term ‘ebisugao’ for a smiling face) Ebisu is the god of...[ Click to read more ]

Hiroshima Grand Inoko Festival

Oct 29, 2018 By Matt Mangham

Inoko Festivals are a familiar feature of autumn across western Japan. With roots in ancient Chinese harvest festivals celebrated in the tenth lunar month (the month of the boar), Inoko...[ Click to read more ]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Hiroshima

Oct 25, 2018 By Mark Guthrie

The Japanese are proud of the four distinct seasons Japan offers and very conscience of the changing of the seasons around them. They often celebrate little, or not so little,...[ Click to read more ]