Dec 26, 2010

Dec.31 (Fri) - Jan.5 (Wed) Itsukushima Shrine New Year Ceremonies

2010 is almost over... How fast time goes by!!

Many ceremonies are held in Miyajima during New Year Holidays.
Please check the informations as below:

Dec 31

 ●Chinka-sai Festival

Impressive festival held at Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine on New Year's Eve to pray for the prevention of fire while seeing the old year out.

For a night to remember (or at least never forget), bundle up and fill those flasks full of warming cheer, and hang around as the crowds build in the run up to midnight as the New Year gets rung in by the temple bells. If you haven't had enough by then, make the early morning trek up to the top of Mt. Misen to catch the first sunrise of the New Year.

Jan 1, 2011
  • Shin-i Kenjo-shiki Ceremony (offering new clothes to deities)
  • Saitan-sai Festival Ceremony starts at noon.
  • Bugaku traditional dance performance starts at 5:30am.

Jan 2
  • Futsukasai Ceremony 09:00
  • Bugaku performance 13:00
Jan 3
  • Genshisai Ceremony 09:00
  • Bugaku performance 13:00
Jan 5
  • Chikyusai Ceremony and Bugaku performance 05:30
    Includes Batoh (Sunrise Dance) only performed once a year on this day.

We hope everyone had a good year and 2011 will be filled with lots of laughter!

Dec 21, 2010

!!! Attention please !!!! New Year holidays in Hiroshima♪

!!! Attention please !!!! New Year holidays in Hiroshima ♪

Have a great time on New year holidays in Hiroshima !!!

Dec 13, 2010

Dec.18(Sat) Techno Nippon Series in Hiroshima

Hiroshima DJs hope to do better on the decks than the Carp do on the field as they go up against techno DJs representing the other Central League team towns.

Put together by two Hiroshima veteran DJs and party promoters, RINN and okamOTO, if you really like your techno "bangin'", this is your night.




●Takayuki Kamiya

●tomo iwasaki


Advance or on door Twitter follower: ¥1500 (incl 1 drink)
Door: ¥2000(incl 1 drink)

Place: MUGEN∞5610 (on the 2nd Floor)

3rd Dec. - 3rd Jan. 2010 Kure Illumination

At Kure which is the city of YAMATO have illumination Now.

You can see the illuminations like Battle ship Yamato, 1/20 scale of Airplane Carrier Akagi which the real one was constructed in Kure, and more about military.

Time:17:00 - 23:00
Term: 3rd of Dec.(Fri.) - 3rd of Jan.(Mon.) 2011
Access: 10min. by walk from JR Kure Sta.

30min. by JR Kure-line from Hiroshima Sta.

Dec 8, 2010

Dec 18th(Sat)JUZU a.k.a. MOOCHY @ Bar EDGE

Dec 18th(Sat)JUZU a.k.a. MOOCHY @ Bar EDGE

Popular spinner of deep and eclectic dance grooves at Edge.

Also making a guest appearance is Haruchika from Yamaguchi's club People and turntable support is provided by local DJs Chockee, Yoshinori, MSNRIXXX and Sueda-Chikara. There's also a live set by Masumo Tokota Likely to be quite lively.

It's gonna be cool night.So I will be there at the night!!


Adv: ¥2000 (plus 1 ¥500 drink order)
Door: ¥2500 (plus 1 ¥500 drink order)

Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Nagarekawa-cho 8-13 B1
Heiwa-dori end of Nagarekawa-dori.

18 December 21:00 ~

Dec 4, 2010

Dec.18(Sat) Hiroshima Jin Daigaku Bilingual Classes in December

There hasn't been a whole lot of bilingual support in the classes offered by community learning group Hiroshika Jin Daigaku. Up to now, that is.

Two of December's three classes will have bilingual (Japanese and English) support. The first is the Walk Tange's "Peace Line" [en] Architecture Walk, followed by a Vegan osechi Japanese New Year's food cooking workshop.

You have to be registered member of Hiroshima Jin Daigaku, but registration is free and can be done in English here.

Times and meeting points:

Architecture Walk: 13:30-16:30
Meet at Open Seminar Room 1 on the 3rd Floor of the Hiroshima International Conference Center from 13:00. (5-min walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima)

Vegan Osechi Cooking: 18:00-20:30
Meet at Hiroshima Chuo Kominkan (Jisshushitu 実習室) from 17:30.
(20-min walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima)

Nov 27, 2010

Nov 28 (Sun) Cusco Cafe Anniversary

They're throwing open their doors and laying on the entertainment. You just have to go help them celebrate.

Cusco Cafe's anniversary party is always a lot of fun. You can count on a really international mix of people and, with kids very welcome, ages too.

They'll be cooking up a storm and providing live music, all food and drinks are ¥500.

Always a great Sunday night out!

Nov 26, 2010

20th(Sat.)-28th(Sun.) November. Momiji Matsuri@Miyajima Daishoin

For some reason, we say MOMIJI-GARI(go to see the colorful autumn leaves) which means Momiji hunting when it translates literally. Of course you don't need to have something to shoot with you when you go to see Momiji. That never happens to deer in

Now is at the best time to go to see the colored maples in Hiroshima.

Momiji Festival is now on since 20th(Sat.) of November until 28th(Sun.)

Place: Miyajima Daishoin
Access:25min. by JR Sanyo Line& 10min. by ferry.

So Wanna hunt Momiji??

Nov 24, 2010

Nov 26th(Fri) Takkyu Ishino(NEWWORLD)@Sacred Spirits

Nov 26th(Fri) Takkyu Ishino(NEWWORLD)@Sacred Spirits

Takkyu Ishino

One half of the massive Denki Groove and the man behind the enormous WIRE events, Japanese techno stars don't come any bigger than Takkyu Ishino. He is a real entertainer and having played to a million people at Berlin's Love Parade in 1998 (video below), it's probably safe to say he knows how to work a crowd.

The club is close from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!!!

Why don't you go and have a good time during you stay in Hiroshima??

New World Support DJs


Support DJ DJ TaNaKa(Sacred Spirits)

Resident DJs SHIN-YA

VJs DAISUKE HIRATA(runningroove)

New World member pass: ¥2000
Adv: ¥3000
Door: ¥4000 (¥3500 with flyer)

Sacred Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)
Naka-ku, Tate-machi 6-3, Apex Bld B1 (opposite Cine Twin)

Nov 21, 2010

Nov 22(Mon) Hanz Araki live at Molly Malones

Irish flute player Hanz Araki returns to Molly Malone's Hiroshima with his mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic music. This time he is accompanied by Kathryn Claire on fiddle.

Irish flute player Hanz Araki is the quintessential world music musician. He has performed around the world with the Juno Award-winning Paperboys, The Bridies, Casey Neill and an all-star tribute to The Pogues called "K.M.R.I.A." He has played with the Seattle Symphony, the University of Washington Wind Ensemble and is featured on more than a dozen recordings and soundtracks, from feature films and documentaries to popular video games.

While his love is Irish music, his deep roots are in the shakuhachi, the traditional bamboo "Zen flute" of Japan. Hanz (short for Hanzaburo) is the world’s only sixth generation shakuhachi player, following in the footsteps of his father, Kinko Ryu Grand Master Kodo Araki V. With no prior musical training, Hanz took up the shakuhachi at age 17. Under his father’s tutelage, four months later he made his concert debut in Shimoneski, Japan. He went on to teach shakuhachi at Keio University for two years before moving back to his hometown of Seattle in 1991.

There, his American mother’s Gaelic roots came into play, and he began teaching himself Irish and Scottish tunes on the flute and whistle, inspired by the many excellent pipers and fiddlers in Seattle. His ability on the flute and his uncanny command of traditional songs with his voice quickly made him a fixture of the Irish music scene in America.

In 2004, Hanz released a solo album of traditional Scottish and Irish music with a fresh new slant, "Six of One, Five of the Other." It has been favorably received by fans and Irish music aficionados and earned him's Best Newcomer of the Year and KLCC's "Best Music of 2004" list. His newest release, "Little Fires" is a bold mix of traditional Celtic and modern music.

With the following day a National Holiday, this has the making of a quite a party.

Date: Monday, November 22nd 20:30

Place: Molly Malones

Nov 19, 2010

November 19th~ Free Kagura At The Bank

Free Kagura At The Bank

The Hiroshima Chamber of Commerce is putting on free kagura performances at the Former Bank of Japan building (Kyu Nichigin) on weekend and holiday nights throughout April.

On each of the nights there will two 45 minute performances starting at 19:00 and finishing at 20:40.

They will close the doors if it gets full so you should probably try and get there a bit ahead of time.

Schedule of shows

  • Friday, November 19
    The Omori Troupe (Yuki, Saeki-ku) performs Takiyasha-hime and Yamata-no-orochi

  • Saturday, November 20
    The Kurisu Troupe (Kurisu, Hatsukaichi-shi) performs Rashomon and Yamata-no-orochi

  • Sunday, November 21
    The Takai Troupe (Yahata-higashi, Saeki-ku) performs Jinrin and Tsuchigumo

  • Tuesday, November 23
    The Yamagahara Troupe (Miwa, Iwakuni) performs Ebisu and Jinrin

  • Saturday, November 27
    The Hasadake Troupe (Takamiya, Akitakata) performs Soga Kyodai and Yamata-no-orochi

  • Sunday, November 28
    The Kinsho Troupe (Kita-hiroshima) performs Jinrin and Takiyasha-hime

Kyu Nichigin Former Bank of Japan
Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Fukuromachi
On Rijo-dori, opposite Fukuromachi streetcar stop

19 November - 21 November 19:00 Hrs
23 November 19:00 Hrs
27 November - 28 November 19:00 Hrs

Nov 13, 2010

Nov 18 (Fri)~Nov 20(Sun) Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival

Nov 18 (Fri)~Nov 20(Sun) Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival
Dates/Times:18 November - 20 November
20 min walk from J-hoppers Hiroshima!!

Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebessan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy who Komazarae bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and a treasure ship. A large keg with mouth wide open is placed in front of the shrine to receive offerings.
The festival usually pulls in around 300,000 people.
Usually on one day final day the main Chuo-dori road is closed to traffic for 3 hours between 7pm and 10pm and addition to all the stalls and activity arund Ebisu shrine there are two stages set up, one at the Ebisu-dori intersection and another at the Shintenchi intersection where kagura dance and taiko drum performances are held.

Address:In the streets surrounding Ebisu ShrineBehind the Hachobori Tenmaya

Miyajima "Hiwatarishiki"

November 15th (MON.) Miyajima "Hiwatarishiki"
Hiwatari shiki is a "Fire walking ceremony".
This ceremony is held semiyearly in April and November.
You make a wish as you walk on the fire place as pictured above.
If you would like to participate a fire walking, be ready to be bear foot on the spot!

WHEN: November 15th (MON.)

WHERE: Daishoin Temple in Miyajima Island

Nov 11, 2010

Nov 11, 2010-Jan 3, 2011 Dreamination

Thisis one of Hiroshima's biggest draws of the winter season and is becoming a one of the city's biggest yearly attractions.

Peace Boulevard and parts of the city center will be illuminated with thousands of colored light bulbs to what some think are somewhat tasteless effect and to others are exciting and fun.

This year there are 23 different theme areas and they boast that Dreamination beats the rest of Japan's illuminations in three respects: 2km of illuminations along Peace Boulevard, 120,000 bulbs and a 30m tall decorated tree.

It would be nice to see solar panels along the boulevard charging up power during the day to run the illuminations at night to make it a less wasteful event.

Live music shows on every Saturdays.

Nov 6, 2010

Nov 15(Mon) Hot Coal Walking

Join the crowd of people and take part in the "walking over fire ceremony" at Daiganiji Temple (Nov 5) and Daishoin Temple (Nov 15)on the island of Miyajima.

Walk across hot coals "to pray for protection from illness and disaster."
You can join the other participants who go through physical pain in hopes of future comfort.

Some claim that if you have
"a pure heart" or good reasons to will yourself across the coals....
it doesn't hurt at all.

According to the official Miyajima Homepage:
In 1888, Daishoin temple was totally destroyed by fire except for the main Daishido Hall.
The current Daishoin is a reconstruction of the former building. There are many ceremonies that take place year-round here as Daishoin is a very important temple according to the Buddhist faith.

It would be a good Japanese travel experience!

To Miyajima Island is 40-minute tram ride and 10 minutes by ferry boat from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!

Nov 4, 2010

November 14th(SAT) Japan Music Week in Hiroshima

November 14th(SAT) Japan Music Week in Hiroshima

The second annual Japan Music Week is running in Tokyo from November 9-14. The event is a fledgling music conference that aims to introduce Japanese acts to overseas markets and vice versa. Already boasting a rosta of several hundred events in venues all over Tokyo Japan Music Week looks set to grow in leaps and bounds.

GetHiroshimaa, in conjunction with Southern Cross, is hosting our own Hiroshima shindig on the final day of the event.

There is no cover charge, so if you'd like to check out some local musicians on a Sunday, come down to Southern Cross.

Southern Cross
1-29 Hondori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, 730-0035

Oct 31, 2010

Oct.30th-Nov.3rd Onomichi 7-Temple Tour

If you are interested in Koji-meguri(Old Temple Loop) this is valuable information.
Able to look around 7 temples in Onomichi in 500 yen during Oct. 30-Nov.3rd.

Oct.30-Nov. 3rd
fee:500 yen

You can get a ticket at each temple where the event is held.

Official website(Japanese)

How to get to Onomichi?
60min. by Shinkansen from Hiroshima station.
90min. from Hiroshima Hana Hostel by Sanyo Line(Local)

Oct 21, 2010

Oct 31(Sun) Halloween Cosquerade!!!!@ the basement of the Former Bank of Japan’s Hiroshima Branch.

Halloween Cosquerade!!!!!

Dress up as your favorite anime/manga characters, or go and take pics in the basement of the Former Bank of Japan’s Hiroshima Branch.

From the Cosquerade website

Enjoy a piece of Modern Japanese pop culture with “costume roleplay”, otherwise known as “cosplay”. Dress up as one of your favorite characters and join the party at the Former Bank of Japan’s Hiroshima Branch on Halloween. As a historical site of Hiroshima, the former Hiroshima Branch has the perfect ambience for fun cosplay photo shoots! Want to cosplay? Or take photos? Feel free to do both! This event is welcome to everyone.
  • No sign-up is required.
  • Changing rooms free of charge.
  • Free rental costumes will be available to cosplay beginners!
Cosquerade have posted some guidelines for participants (for some reason participants are "forbidden" from wearing their costumes to the venue) and for those who want to take photos.

Kyu Nichigin Former Bank of Japan
Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Fukuromachi
On Rijo-dori, opposite Fukuromachi streetcar stop

Oct 16, 2010

Oct 30(Sat) 31(Sun) Hiroshima Food & Peace/Love Festival

Lots and lots of food, cooking demos, displays, flea market, kagura and culture displays... and a few hundred thousand people looking for free samples in and around Hiroshima Castle.

Over 300 booths from 23 towns and cities in the prefecture will be hawking everything from beef to oysters around Hiroshima Castle, in the Shareo shopping bunker and around Pacela.

Over in Chuo Park will be the international festival which, now in its 26th year, has been absorbed by this monster event.

Date & Time: Oct. 30(Sat) and 31(Sun) 10:00 - 17:00

15 minute walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!

Oct 14, 2010

Oct 30th(SAT) Halloween Party @ Club China town!!

Oct 30th(SAT) 21:00~ Halloween Party @ Club China town!!

Halloween XI

It's the big one; the 11th Halloween Party at Club Chinatown. There are always great costumes and music - if you love dressing up and having a good time on Halloween, don't miss it!


  • DJ GEE a.k.a DJ 312
  • windcheater (3K)
  • Paul (GetHiroshima/3K)
  • DJ Ricky (Barcos)
  • MC Saemi
Costume contest

Chinatown costume pickers and representatives from party sponsors and will be choosing a shortlist around midnight in Chinatown. Do the rounds of the sponsoring bars (Barcos, Roxis, The Shack, AM, Kemby's, Molly Malone's, Molly's Med Cafe and Southern Cross) before hitting Chinatown for the chance of getting picked in advance - but if you want to be in the running for costume prizes you need to be Chinatown around the witching hour.

Polaroids for charity

Get a great picture of you and your friends and a little square of photographic history, and donate to a good cause. More details coming soon.

Admission: ¥2000 includes one drink

Pics from parties through the ages:

Club Chinatown
Hiroshima-shi, Naka-ku, Kaneyama-cho 9-16

Oct 12, 2010

Oct 16th (Sat), 17th (Sun) Miyajima & Mont Saint-Michel 1 Year Friendship Anniversary

The agreement of the Tourism and Friendship City was concluded between Miyajima and Mont Saint-Michel last year in 2009.

They celebrate the first anniversary on the island over this weekend.

Check the programs below:

Chanson Show
17:00 - 17:30  Sat. 16th

Mont Saint-Michel Plaza
French style cafes and sweets.
11:00 - 20:00  Sat. 16th/Sun. 17th

Mont Saint-Michel's History Exhibition
11:00 - 20:00  Sat. 16th/Sun. 17th

Miyajima and Mont Saint-Michel Night Fantasy Show
An illumination show on a big screen.
18:00 - 20:40  Sat. 16th/Sun. 17th

You should come check them out!

Oct 9, 2010

Oct 30 (Sat) Sumo in Hiroshima

Sumo is back in Hiroshima for a day in October one of the sumo association tours of the provinces that take place
between major tournaments.

The performances include displays of comic sumo and traditional sumo songfests in addition to the normal sumo bouts.

October 30 (Sat) 8:00 - 15:00

Hiroshima Green Arena

Reserved seats: From ¥8000
Non reserved seats: ¥4000

More details here .

Oct 7, 2010

October 8th Onomichi Akari Matsuri

Onomichi Akari Matsuri ▲▲▲

Onomichi invites visitors to take another look at the town and the many temples that surround it, by the light of thousands of candles.

In the event of bad weather the event will postponed until October 30.


Buses leave about every hour from stand #6 at Hiroshima Bus Center (also calling at Fudoin and Nakasuji Station on the Astram Line) take about 1hr 20min and cost ¥1700 one way and ¥2900 return. PDF download of nus schedule here

Local trains on the Sanyo Honsen Line take about 1hr 30min from Hiroshima JR Station and coast ¥1450 one way.


09 October 18:00 - 21:00 Hrs

For more information:



(0848)25-7184 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (0848)25-7184 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Akari Matsuri)

Sep 30, 2010

October 9th(Sat),10th(Sun) Saijo Sake Festival

Sake festival in Saijo is coming up! Saijo is one of the big three Sake breweries in Japan as well as Nada(Hyogo) and Fushimi(Kyoto).
You can taste like 900 kinds of Sake from all over Japan, if you buy one day ticket for admission. It means...yeah...limitless sake tasting...

Plase Be careful not to drink too much!

You can get to Saijo by JR Sanyo line in less than an hour from Hiroshima HANA Hostel.

Location:Saijo Central Park(West side)
Date: October 9th(Sat) 11:00-20:00(Last admission 19pm)
October 10th(Sun) 10:00-17:00(Last admission 16pm)
Access:Saijo Station(JR West Japan, Sanyo Honsen)
*40min. from Hiroshima station.

Saijo Sake Festival website(English leaflet)

Sep 24, 2010

Sept 29(Wed)-Oct 3(Sun) Southern Cross Oktoberfest

A week of German themed events to commemorate the world's biggest drinking party at Southern Cross Bar!

All-you-can drink Lowenbrau 6-10pm all week
(Mann ¥2500 Frau ¥2000)
and different events every night.

  • Wed September 29: Quiz night German & Beer themed
  • Thurs September 30: All you can eat and drink all night Mann
    ¥3000 Frau ¥2500
  • Fri October 1: Seikatsu Circus Live from 8:30
  • Sat October 2: Wayne B and Friends - live from 9pm
  • Sun October 3: Jalopy - live from 5pm BBQ from 3pm.

Viel Spaß und PROST!!!

10月15日(金)菊花祭 in 宮島



Oct 15 (Fri) Kikka Chrysanthemum Festival on Miyajima Island

Kikka Chrysanthemum Festival

11 ancient court dances that date from the 12th Century performed in striking costumes, in the dramatic setting of Itsukushima Shrine.

Itsukushima Shrine

15 October 18:00 Hrs

Sep 17, 2010

Sept 24(Fri) Kaurismaki Live at Organ-za

J-Hoppers Hiroshima's favorite cafebar,

Organ-za has a live night on Friday night nextweek!

Five piece band from Tokyo playing

Japanesque Romani tunes do two sets.

There is no charge, but you are expected to buy a drink and/or some

food. If you like the music, please drop something in the hat.

Shows at 20:00 and 21:00.

Just 5 mins walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

Don't miss it!!!

Sep 15, 2010

Sep 18th to 20th Experience Japanese Cultural Activities on Miyajima Island!!

The Japanese Cultural Activities are held on Miyajima Island

--Tea ceremony, calligraphy class, cooking class with a great panoramic view--
We also have free space for resting, meeting and chatting with other people.

Date: September 18th to 20th, 2010
Place: In Hiramatsu-chaya (平松茶屋) on Miyajima Island
Reservation & Question: See the pictures of the poster and the flyer
Note: Please come to Hiramatsu-chaya 10 minutes before classes. Please make a reservation for a cooking class at least 30 minutes before the class starts!!
Tea ceremony (1,000 yen. It lasts about 1h depending on the number of people)
It starts every hour from 9:00am till 17:00 pm (No tea ceremony between 12:00 and 13:00).
First, you’ll learn the basics of a traditional tea ceremony and then you’ll participate in one. Tea and Japanese sweets are served during the ceremony. Green tea will be served after the ceremony to cool down!! *Those who attend the ceremony once can take calligraphy class for 1,000 yen (300 yen off the original price). Reservations are NOT required. You can stop by anytime!!

Calligraphy class (1,300 yen. 1hour)
It starts from 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 13:00 pm, 14:30 pm, and 16:00 pm (1 hour/class).
You don’t need to bring anything and the art that you make in class is yours to keep!! Green tea will also be served after the class to quench your thirst!! *If you want to take another class, please let us know. We will arrange the next step for you and you’ll get a 200 yen discount! Those who take this class once can take a tea ceremony for 700 yen (300 yen off the original price). Reservations are not required, but it’s better to book in advance so you won’t be disappointed to know it’s fully booked.

Cooking class (1,500 yen for lunch class/2,500 yen for dinner class)
The lunch class starts from 10:00 am (about 1 hour 30 minutes). The dinner class starts from 15:00 pm (about 3 hours). Let’s enjoy making Japanese food and of course eating it!!
Menu for lunch class 18th and 20th Tempura Udon (Wheat noodle in soup with Tempura), Onigiri (Rice ball), Dessert
19th Spicy Yaki Udon (Spicy fried Okonomiyaki taste wheat noodle), Onigiri (Rice ball), Dessert
Menu for dinner class From 18th to 20th Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled fish, Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese rolled egg), Chawanmushi with Japanese clams (steamed egg hotchpotch), Cold Tofu, Radish salad with sesame dressing, Rice, Dessert

*Those who take the cooking class once can take a calligraphy class for 1,000 yen and a tea ceremony class for 700 yen. It’s better to book in advance so you won’t be disappointed if it’s fully booked.

Why don't you join the event during your stay in Hiroshima and have an amazing experience??

check their website out!!

Sep 5, 2010

Sept 8th (Wed) Kakigori Party!

We are going to have another Kakigori Party
this coming Wednesday!!!

We are going to make some other food as well.
Lots of guests joined last party and it is always great to share the good time together. And of course you will meet lots of people at the party and exchange your adventure tales with them!


Date/Time: September 8, 19:00
Place: J-Hoppers Hiroshima

Aug 18, 2010

Aug 18 (Wed) Kakigori Party!

We are going to have a KAKIGORI party
at J-Hoppers Hiroshima tonight!!!

KAKIGORI is shaved ice topped with flavored syrup. We just got a hand cranked machine and we would love to share the fun of making Japanese snow cones with guests! Also we are going to some food as well of course :)

The party starts at 19:00ish
Let's have summer fun together!!!

Aug 10, 2010

(Jul 31-Oct11) More of an activity:the artist as choreographer - Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

More of an activity:the artist as choreographer

More of an activity:the artist as choreographer examines ways in which movement of the human body becomes essential components of art-works and how artists transform this ephemeral 'material' into forms of art that transcend categorization as performance. The exhibition introduces artistic practices consisting of action and gesture in a sustainable context, looking at how staged or performative elements are transformed into long-term presentations. Assuming a role that might be likened to a choreographer, the participating artists create unconventional forms of visual art that take into account the unique relationship between the artist's practice and the audience or participant at a specific moment or site.

Artists today are shedding light on the performative medium, which arose in opposition to conventional art forms, by generating temporal experiences. These artists continue to interpret and develop this historical achievement as a means of rethinking the conventional museological context for the reception of art as well as daily life. Bruce Nauman, who has long been exploring the performative in art, expresses it as 'more of an activity and less of a product.' * Inspired by these words, this exhibition focuses on post-performance practices as an emerging field of expression.

The performative tendency has been supported in part by new technology. Since the 1960's and 70's, artists have been using new technology experimentally to transform ephemeral phenomena into more lasting and sustainable material. Video has become a medium for comparing and contrasting the various ways to record and retrieve action and gesture. Artists use video not only as a means to represent bodily movement, but also as a provocative tool to edit and frame movement and enlarge choreographic practices.

The artists in this exhibition naturally engage and interact with the public. And through this interaction with their audience and participants, they blur the boundaries between life and art. As the body is one of the most democratic - and primary - instruments for expression, as well as a universal language, this exhibition can explore common practices and interests of contemporary artists from a global perspective.

More of an activity looks at both the aspirations behind artists' use of the human body, as well as the variety of forms this vein of artistic expression takes. As the curtain opens on 'more of a two-month performance,' we hope that for visitors this exhibition will provide a more physical, accessible, direct experience of art.

*'Bruce Nauman Interviewed, Vanguard 8, 1 February 1979.


Duration Saturday July 31- Monday October 11, 2010
Opening hours 10:00-17:00 (Last admission 16:30 )
Closed Monday (except September 20, October 11)
September 21
Admission charges Adults 1,000 (800) yen
College Students 700 (600) yen
High School Students 500 (400) yen
*Figures in brackets ( ) are the charges for advance-purchase and groups of 30 or more persons.

Aug 8, 2010

Night Safari at Asa Zoo

A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action. The "night safari" is only held a few times a year, and it is always popular with families and dating couples.

Music concerts on Sundays 18:00-18:30 and 19:30-20:00.

Access from J-hoppers Hiroshima:
Walk to Hondori Astram Station (15 mins).
Take Astram Line from Hondori Station to Kamiyasu Station (25 minutes).
Shuttle bus between Kamiyasu Astram Stn and Asa Zoo every 10-20 minutes.

August 14 & 15, 16:30 - 21:00
August 21 & 22, 16:30 - 21:00
August 28 & 29, 16:30 - 21:00
September 4 & 5, 16:30 - 21:00

August 13th (Fri) Optimo at Scared Spirits

Many variations of house music promised on the second Friday of every month at Sacred Spirits.

D. Sato

According to their Mixi listing you can expect Deep House, Progressive House, Progressive Trance, Tech House, Techno, Dance Classics, Garage Classics, Classics and Chill Out tunes.

Date: August 13, 21:00

Admission: ¥1500yen(incl 2 drinks)

Place: Scared Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)
20 mins walk or 10mins tram ride from J-Hoppers Hiroshima

Aug 7, 2010

August 7th-11th Hiroshima International Animation Festival

13th Hiroshima International Animation Festival!!!!!!

For those who complain that Hiroshima lacks major events and culture, this is something not to be missed.

The festival not only provides a great chance to see some of the world's best animation, but the intimate atmosphere means it's also a great opportunity to meet and chat with the people who make the films. It's also a great way to escape the heat!

Please check back for more details.

Aster Plaza(10mutes walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima!!)
South of the International Conference Center in Peace Park

07 August - 11 August
For more information:




082-245-0245 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 082-245-0245 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Hiroshima International Animation Festival)

Aug 6, 2010

August 14th Miyajima Fireworks!!!!

Miyajima Fireworks Display

Hiroshima's most well known fireworks festival. 4000 fireworks explode over the sea silhouetting Itsukushima Shrine's O-Torii.

Worth seeing but expect huge crowds (200,000 people showed up last year) and a fight for the prime viewing spots.

If you want to enjoy the show from the water a place on one of the Seto Nai-kai Kisen ferries will cost you ¥7500 for adults, ¥6500 for kids between 6 and 11 years old, and ¥3000 for kids between 3 and 6 years old (includes a bento box lunch, a beer or soft drink). Ferries hold 100 passengers and depart 18:00, 18:10, 18:20, 18:30. Call 082-545-5501 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 082-545-5501 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or check the Japanese homepage here for details.

A more upscale dining experience is proved on the Ginga cruise. Choose between the ¥20,000 "Royal Room" and ¥15,000 "Main Dining" courses. The ship departs Hiroshima Port at 18:30, returning at around 21:20. Details in Japanese online here.

If you are in Hiroshima on the 14th,you shouldn't miss the festival!!!!!!!!

For those relying on the train, a good tip for the return trip on the way back to Hiroshima is to take the first train heading in the opoosite direction (Iwakuni bound) one stop so you can grab a seat on the next Hiroshima bound train.

Jul 19, 2010

July 25(Sun),26(Mon) the Sumiyoshi Shrine Kangensai (summer festival)

According the Hiroshima Keizai Shinbum, the Sumiyoshi Shrine Kangensai is, along with the Toukasan in June and Ebessan in November, one of Hiroshima big three festivals.

Boats carrying a mikoshi portable shrine and musicians in Heian costumes playing Heian instruments will make their way up the Honkawa River to Sorasaya Shrine in Honkawa and back.

At Sumiyoshi Shrine visitors will pass through a 3m diameter chi no wa ring to make their offerings to ward of misfortune, dolls will be floated in lanterns in the river in addition to kagura dance, fireworks and over 300 street stalls.

Event schedule

July 25(Sun)

* 19:00 Kagura dance

July 26 (Mon)

* 19:00 Kids kagura
* 20:00 Fireworks

It is about 20min walk to the Sumiyoshi festival from J-hoppers Hiroshima.

Enjoy local simmer festival in Hiroshima!!

Jul 18, 2010

July 28th (WED) KANGENSAI @ Istukushima shurine

July 28th (wed) KANGENSAI @ Istukushima shurine

This, the largest festival at Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine and one of Japan's biggest Shinto rituals performed on boats.
It is supposedly based on an pastime of the people of the court and aristocrats of the Nara and Heian periods, who enjoyed themselves while floating on boats in the pond and playing wind and stringed instruments.
At the festival, beautifully decorated boats sail across the sea playing three wind instruments, three stringed instruments and three drums, replicating a scene from a Heian picture scroll.

This festival is as know as one of the wonderful festival of Miyajima.
You shouldn't miss this during your stay in Hiroshima!!!

Kangensai at Itsukushima shirine (Miyajima island)
July 28th wednsday
start at 16:00-23:00

Jul 16, 2010

July 23rd (FRI) NEW WORLD▲▲▲@Sacred Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)

July 23rd (FRI) NEW WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Start from 21:00~ @ Sacred Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)

Hiroshima's longest running club event is all about the boom, boom, boom with techno, house and electro.

Some of my friends are gonna play !!So why don't you go there together???

(for your information,they have the best sound system in Hiroshima▲▲▲)


  • Shin-ya
  • Kawa
  • Gyunyu
  • Toshi
  • Yossi
NW members pass ¥500 (with 1 drink)
With flyer ¥1000(with 1 drink) On the door ¥1500(with 1 drink)

Sacred Spirits (Ex Cafe Jamaica)
Naka-ku, Tate-machi 6-3, Apex Bld B1 (opposite Cine Twin)

Jul 12, 2010

July 24 (Sat) Minato Yume Fireworks Festival

Marking the arrival of summer, this huge firework display is held near Ujina Port. Held in conjunction with the Ujina Summer Festival which runs from 12pm it pays to get down there early. Stake out your spot with your "blue sheet" go check out the festival fun until sunset.

From J-Hoppers Hiroshima, take the tram #3 down to Hiroshima Port (about a 50-minute ride) and set up a space near the water for the best views. The fireworks start at 8pm. There'll be some 10,000 fireworks to "ooh" and "aah" at. It is an impressive display and the atmosphere created by all the groups and families lining the water is really good.

Try to get there early if you have a large group.

If it rains, it will be held on the July 25th at the same place.

Date & Time : July 24 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Place : Ujina Port, Ichiman Ton Berth

Jun 28, 2010

July 3rd Aina Haina 6th Anniversary ▲△△

Aina Haina 6th Anniversary!!!!!!!!

Aina Haina is one of the cool and cozy cafe & bar near J-Hoppers Hiroshima.

They are going throw 6th Anniversary at Aina Haina!!!

Hawaiian themed restaurant-bar in Tokaichicelebrates with food, drink and DJs.

If you don't wanna go out to downtown but wanna have a drink and good music,

You shouldn't miss the night!!

Admission: ¥1500 (includes a drink AND a T-shirt)
Address:Aina Haina Hawaiian CafeHiroshima-shi, Naka-kuTokaichi-machi 1-4-23
see more about "Aina Haina Hawaiian Cafe"

Jun 22, 2010

June 27 (Sun) Disco Union @ Bar Edge

DJ KZA of Force of Nature and Hiroshima's top turntablist, DJ Shimomura, are the guests at the latest outing of the Disco Union crew. Always a good party crowd. Promises to be a great Sunday night groove fest.

Have a crazy night!!!!

Date & Time: June 27, 22:00

Admission: 2000 yen

Place: Bar Edge
(30 minutes walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima)

*Edge is the kind of club that hosts intimate, wicked parties that by word of mouth, should become legendary. The sound system is great, and although the descent down the dark staircase can be intimidating, the vibe is friendly!