Feb 28, 2012

Japanese Dolls. Where to go and see all this month!


Enjoy the arrival of Spring with traditional Japanese dolls

Hiroshima’s Japanese doll festival is currently underway all across the prefecture.  While exploring the city, come and admire these exquisite and beloved dolls that have been passed down from generation to generation in local households.

Miyajima-cho Hatsukaichi City

Exploring Miyajima’s Japanese Dolls

Refined and treasured dolls from the ancient days of Japan are currently on display in both local homes and historical facilities in Miyajima for all to view. At the Historical and Folk Museum of Miyajima there are four locations (indicated by purple banners) that require a ticket along with a 300 yen fee (adults) for viewing (good for all areas). The areas marked with pink banners have many Japanese dolls that can be viewed free of charge.

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Exploring Miyajima’s Japanese Dolls

Takehara City

Exploring Takehara City’s Japanese Dolls

Go back in time and re-live the ancient Japanese Edo Period, admiring the beloved and traditional Japanese dolls of old while wearing an exquisite kimono. To explore the local scenery in a beautiful kimono, please contact the preservation center for a kimono rental (2000 yen TEL:(0846)22-4331). Exploring the city in a kimono will also allow you FREE admittance into the four purple banner areas. You can buy an “excursion pass” for the tour of cultural facilities.

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Exploring Takehara City’s Japanese Dolls

Tomo-cho Fukuyama City

Tomonoura’s Japanese Doll Festival

The entrance area of the Tomonoura Historical and Folk Museum’s Ota-ke home is a great place to begin your journey into the Japanese past. This area is a local residence and also has restaurants and shops that holds almost 100 aisles of Japanese dolls that line the front. On these shelves known as Nanadankazari you can enjoy dazzling, traditional Japanese dolls from the later years of the Edo Period as well as Gotenkazari dolls from the Meiji Period.

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Tomonoura’s Japanese Doll Festival

Joge-cho Fuchu City

Joge Japanese Doll Festival

The local area’s remaining white-walled avenues with ancient homes are decorated with over 80 shelves of ancestral dolls, clay figures and silk figurines that are currently on display. The History and Culture Museum of Joge has an especially unique collection of Japanese traditional dolls that should not be missed. Some events will be held; “Deko Street Market” on March 5th and 6th, and “Tezukuri-ichi”(lit. Handmade fair) on March 19th and 20th.

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Joge Japanese Doll Festival

There are many more events waiting for you!

The Sea and Island Folk and History Museum will host the Traditional Japanese Spring Doll Exhibit.

Osaki Kamijima-cho February 22st (Tuesday) to March 13th (Saturday)

Rare and valuable Japanese dolls from the Meiji Period up to the present day will be on display at East Osaki Kamijima’s Sea and Island Folk and History Museum’s Waxing Moon Exhibition.

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The Sea and Island Folk and History Museum will host the Traditional Japanese Spring Doll Exhibit.

Fukuyama Numakuma Cultural Museum’s Japanese Doll Exhibition

Fukuyama City February 12th (Saturday) to March 6th (Sunday)

Enjoy the sights of Japan’s most treasured dolls from the end of Edo-era to Showa era in a traditional Edahiro Japanese-style room setting. Free entry.

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Fukuyama Numakuma Cultural Museum’s Japanese Doll Exhibition

“Japanese Glass Doll Festival Exhibition” at the Glass Souvenir Shop in The World Glass Museum.

Hiroshima City January 22th (Saturday) to March 7th (Monday)

Over 100 glass Japanese dolls hand-made by local studios are on display and for sale.

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The World Glass Museum’s Japanese Glass Doll Festival Exhibition

Japanese Hina Dolls Exhibitions of spring “Home Hina Dolls Tour” at the Traditional Japanese Toy Museum

Fukuyama City February 11th (Friday) to April 11th (Sunday)

The collection of Japanese Hina Dolls, such as Clay dolls and Hariko(Japanese papier-mache dolls) will be exhibited by areas.

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The Traditional Japanese Toy Museum’s Japanese Dolls and Silk Crafts Exhibition

Feb 27, 2012

Feb 21st~Mar 31st Sharpen Your Wit! Shigeo Fukuda Super-Retrospective

Sharpen Your Wit! Shigeo Fukuda Super-Retrospective

Date:February 21, 2012 9:00 am to March 31, 2012 5:00 pm

Cost:Adults ¥1100 (¥900)
College & High School Students ¥700 (¥500)
Prices in ( ) are advance and groups of 20 or more. Pair ticket ¥1500. Junior High School Students and younger free.

Place:Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum

Feb 7, 2012

Fe 18, 2012 Hadaka Naked Man Festival in Okayama

Every year on the 3rd Saturday of February, on one of the coldest nights of the year, thousands of men in fundoshi loincloths parade around Saidaiji Temple in Okayama Prefecture getting purified with freezing cold water. After cramming into the main temple building, the lights go out at 10pm and two lucky shingi sticks are released from the ceiling. The 9000 or so men battle to get hold of one of them and try to stuff it into a wooden box. Whoever manages to do it is guaranteed a year of good fortune.

More on the Hadaka Matsuri

You can pick up a fundoshi loin cloth for about ¥1000 and join in the “fun” or just go along and watch. The shingi sticks are released at 10pm, but there is a kids version of the event between 3:30 and 5pm and Japanese taiko drumming and other events held at the temple 6-8pm.

Access: Take the Ako Line to Saidaiji Station from Okayama Station (30 minutes).

Hadaka Naked Man Festival
February 18, 2012
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Saidai-ji Temple
January 11, 2012

2012,Feb 10th (Fri) No TV Party ON!!with DJ Kyoko

Little DJ big on the Tokyo electro scene returns to Hiroshima
on the back of her latest mix CD release Paper Trail Of Nights!!!

Support DJs

  • DJ KCH

NOtv PARTYon with DJ Kyoko
February 10, 2012 10:00 pm
Advance ¥2000 Door¥2500 (1 ¥500 drink order required)
Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

It's gonna be so much fun night!!Haven't any plan on weekend??

Come and join the party!!!Let's have fun:-)

Feb 2, 2012

Feb.11(Sat) & 12(Sun) Miyajima Oyster Festival

Do you know that Hiroshima is Japan's largest producer of oysters?

This season every year, so many oyster festivals are held in various locations.
Hiroshima's biggest and oldest oyster festival attracts huge crowds looking for raw and cooked oyster dishes at very cheap prices. ( You can try Oyster Miso Soup, Oyster Ramen and Oyster Okonomiyaki etc.) They claim that this is the very best time of year to try the tasty bivalves, why not put it to the test. There will also be Kagura and Taiko drum performances.

Come and get fresh yummy oysters next weekend!

Dates: February 11 & 12, 2012
Location: Miyajima island
(Held in front of the ferry port on Miyajima and in front of the MIyajima Aquarium.)