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.