May 28, 2012

Rainy Season looks like it will arrive on time.

The rainy season officially started in Okinawa on April 28, only two days earlier than last year, but 11 days earlier than the average; No doubt putting a worry on a few Golden Week vacations.

The rainy season is usually around 40-45 days long, so they postulate that it might well end around June 15. It would be great to get onto the business of summer so early, but it seems a bit optimistic as although we also had an early rainy season last year (officially starting on May 21), we didn’t get the all clear until July 8.
Any day now!!

We cannot wait to get on our Kimono's and head out into the streets for the Toukasan festival. We will not drink too much, we promise! 

May 23, 2012

May 26th 27th Mantou Mitama-sai

Event:Mantou Mitama-sai
Start:May 26, 2012 7:00 pm
End:May 27, 2012 9:00 pm

Place:Gokokujinja Shrine
Address :2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, 730-0011 
Two days of events and commemorations over two nights at Hiroshima’s shrine to the war dead, Gokoku-Jinja, which is decorated with lanterns.
From past events, here’s what you can expect.

Saturday, May 26

From 19:00 about 120 young women dressed as shirine maidens perform dances in the shrine forecourt. This is followed by dances by the moredances, this time by full time shrine maidens, Tsugaru Shamisen and taiko drumming performances.

Sunday, May 27

From 10:00 onwards, about 80 elementary school aged boys and girls compete in sumo contests in the shrine building.
In the evening, from 19:00 there is a Kagura dance performance.

We still have some beds available on those dates,Please call us ans book know!!!

May 15, 2012

May 23rd Nihonshu Sansan Downtown Sake Festival

Nihonshu Sansan Downtown Sake Festival

Event:Nihonshu Sansan Downtown Sake Festival
Date:May 23, 2012 5:00 pm

Cost:¥1000 5 cup sampler ticket, ¥2000 all-you-can-appreciate pass
Place: Alice Garden(in front of PARCO)
Address:8 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
This one night sake festival organised by Yagenbori liquor store Yamatoya is one of my favorite events of the year. It is far more compact than the annual sake festival in Saijo, and the 30 or so boutique brewers bring nothing less than their top varieties, it is an excellent opportunity to try some of the best sake in the country, poured by the people who take such care in making it. There is a really relaxed atmosphere, especially after everyone has sample a few brews, and giveaways and music too.

May 4, 2012

TOMORROW May 5th (Sat) Houribe LOU live at Skate World at the Flower Festival

It's in the middle of Golden Week holidays in Japan and the city is really busy this week!

The Flower Festival is held in town and it tends to be rather corporate and although there is a lot of music on offer from the official guests and on all the little stages, it tends to be very mainstream.

Over the past few years, however, a group of local veteran skaters have managed carve out a space for a little bit of unscripted chaos in this most scripted of events. It's located right behind the main Carnation Stage between Peace Memorial Park and the Motoyasu River.

For the first two days of the festival, skaters of all ages are welcome to come and do their stuff on the park’s mini ramps to the accompaniment of local bands and DJs. On the final day there is a low key skate tournament with prizes as well as DJs and some live music.

Our friend, Houribe LOU plays on the last day of the festival!
Check it out!

Houribe LOU official website