Dec 17, 2013

Chinka - sai

Date: Dec31st 6pm
Place: Itsukushima Shrine, MIYAJIMA

Hello from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, it's Kana here.
Just can't believe how time goes this fast...Only 2 weeks to 2014 !!

Let me introduce you one of exciting event in Hiroshima for New year's eve.
One of reason to suggest you all this festival is, it will be held in MIYAJIMA which is one of world heritage in Hiroshima.

"Chinka - sai"

is Fire Prevention Festival, takes place on the last day of the year in front of Itsukushima Shrine.

Local people make both large and small pine torches throughout the month of December. On the evening of the 31st, as twilight falls, families gather at the shore near the Otorii(Grand gate).

A fire torch is carried from the Shrine and all of the individual pine troches are lit. The larger pine troches are carried by 30-40 men on their shoulder's, while children carry smaller ones. As the troches intensely burn the coastline become a combination of fire and water as the people run about chanting "Yoi, Yoi."

 After the festival, the embers from the troches are offers to family alters as a good luck charm to prevent fire and to welcome the New Year.

Hiroshima HANA Hostel is located only few minutes walk from Hiroshima St, so get your JR pass and go to Miyajima! Only 25minutes by JR local train and another 10minutes by JR ferry.
Why don't you enjoy Japanese traditional festival in Hiroshima!?

Dec 7, 2013

Hiroshima Oyster Road

Hiroshima has 60% share of all oyster farming in Japan.
Hiroshima promotes local production for local consumption.
Hiroshima Oyster Road take up that mission.
There is Hiroshima Oyster Road in Ujina port.
You can have oyster at a reasonable price.

October was oyster's opening season. Try this place if you like oysters!

Access to Hiroshima Oyster Road from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.
Its just a few minutes walk to Enkobashi street car stop from Hiroshima Hana.
Take No.5 tram all the way to the end of the line. Hiroshima Oyster Road is in the middle of Hiroshima Minato Park which is next to the Hiroshima port.

Hiroshima Hana Hostel is just a few minutes walk from Hiroshima Sta.

Nov 25, 2013




DATE: November 30th - December 25th

COST: Free 

PLACE: Around Onomichi station

You can enjoy the beautiful big tree which is decorated with LEMON!!!!

It is in front of Onomichi station.

The illumination is having from sun set to 10pm.

December 7th and 8th

 The booth by high school student from Onomichi.

You can enjoy some food and drink made from Lemon, Orange, and so on.

*Hiroshima is the biggest major production area of Lemon!!

Please enjoy fresh taste of Lemon!!

INFORMATION: 082-513-3392

Nov 12, 2013

Maple Festival in Miyajima!!

                            Date:Nov 16th ~24th
                            Place:Daishoin Temple
                            Information:Daishoin Temple(0829-44-0111)

Exhibition of Daishoin Temple's,treasures, calligraphy,photos,
and flower arrangements.

Miyajima is also famous for beautiful autumn colors during this period.
            Let's enjoy the autumn colors in Miyajima!!

Nov 4, 2013

Nov 17th~Jan 3rd Hiroshima Dreamination!!!

Event:Hiroshima Dreamination
Date:From November 17, 2013 5:30 pm to January 3, 2014 10:30 pm
Place:Peace Boulevard and around
Address:Peace Boulevard, Hiroshima, Hiroshima, 730-0037, Japan
2 months of illuminations loved by kiddies and dating couples along Peace Boulevard.
It takes around 5minutes walk from J-Hoppers Hiroshima and this Boulevard!!
Why don't you take a walk after dinner?
You shouldn't miss it. 

Oct 27, 2013

Nov. 17th- Hiroshima Dreamination 2013

Winter Light up event in downtown.

@ Peace boulevard, Namiki dori,  Ace Garden, Motomachi Credo and so on.

Nov. 17th- Jan. 3rd

17:30- 22:30

It takes  about 15 min. by tram from Hiroshima Sta. to downtown and just a few min. walk to station from  Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

Oct 21, 2013

Ebisu Festival in Hiroshima

Date: 2013 Nov 18th~20th.
Place: Ebisu Shrine, Chuo Dori, Alice Garden

Hello from Hiroshima. Its Kana here. Its already Oct now...Only few months to year 2014!!
Can't believe it. TIME FLIES...

It is getting colder and colder here in Japan. Summer is completely over...
Speaking of autumn, there is a one of my favourite festival is held in Nov.


 Ebisu Shrine’s autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebbesan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy Komazadare bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and a treasure ship. You might here business owners complain that the whole thing is a racket, but you won’t see a shop, restaurant or bar in the area without one. 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 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 andTaiko drum performances are held.

This festival is one of big three festival in Hiroshima and this is the last one!! So do not miss it and enjoy Japanese traditional festival!!

Oct 19, 2013

Oct. 26th,27th Hiroshima Food Festival

Hiroshima food festival will be held at Hiroshima Castle and around.

Hiroshima castle is roughly 15min. walk from Hiroshima Hana Hostel.

October 26th(Sat.),  27th(Sun.) 10:00-17:00.

Grilled oyster, Local food from Hiroshima and around
Rice, noodles, Sea food and food from a mountain and so on.

Admission Free.

Also Traditional Kagura dancing and Samurai warrior performance.

I had Beef steak from Granvia Hiroshima, Curry rice from Rihga Royal, and beer last year!!

Hiroshima Festival Website

Sep 12, 2013

Candle Light Festival in Miyajima

                Date: From Sep 13th to Sep 16th
                Place:Daishoin Temple
                Phone:0829-44-0111(Daishoin Temple)
                Access:20min walk from ferry landing(in Miyajima)
                No admission fee is required.

This festival dedicates candle light to the repose of souls and world peace. 

There is also a sutra recitation and a concert performance!


Sep 7, 2013

Sep 6th ~16th Hiroshima Oktoberfest!!!

Event:Hiroshima Oktoberfest
Date:September 6, 2013 to September 16, 2013
Cost:¥1000 glass deposit plus price of beer
Grounds of Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium
5-44 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-0011, Japan
The old baseball stadium site is being put to good use
while the powers that be decide exactly how the space will
be underused. For two weeks anyway – a range of German
beers and some local favorites, with food too.
  1. Free entry
  2. Pay ¥1000 glass deposit plus the price of your first beer
  3. Pay as you go, refilling your gas
  4. Return your glass unharmed and get your ¥1000 back
As you might expect, the beers aren’t cheap. You can
now see the line up of beers and prices on the festival
website here.

Sep 2, 2013

Sep 8th Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

Event:Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market
Date:September 8, 2013 7:00 am to 15:00pm
Place:Higashi senda machi Park
Address:1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park
next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are
also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage,
which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere.
Postponed until September 23 in the event of heavy rain.

It take around 15 minutes by bicycle from J-Hoppers Hiroshima GH to the park.
If it is good weather ,why don't you explore in city??


Aug 27, 2013

Hiroshima Museum

Isamu Noguchi exhibition is held at Hiroshima Museum. If you are already familiar with his style then you already know the definition of speechlessness.

Date: 7/20-10/14
Access: From Hiroshima station, take the tram from platform number 1, 2 or 6 and get off at Kamiya-cho-higashi. Walk up towards the Hiroshima Castle then it will be on your left hand side.
Fee: 1200 yen (adult), 700 yen (high school/college student)

Aug 20, 2013

!! Kabuki Performance at Yuki lodge !!

Date:2013/Sept 7th(Sat)
Place: Yuki Lodge
Fee:Only 500 yen!

Hello this is Kana from Hitoshima Hana Hostel.
Its been really hot last few weeks and can not go out during day time...Addicted to Air conditioner now..
But seems like summer is over soon.

By the way have you heard of KABUKI before?
Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a traditional Japanese form of theater with roots tracing back to the Edo period. It is recognized as one of Japan's three major classical theaters.

Also Kabuki is an art form rich in showmanship. It involves elaborately designed costumes, eye-catching make-up, outlandish wigs, and arguably most importantly, the exaggerated actions performed by the actors.

Don`t you want to see that performance while in Hiroshima?
I know good place. You can enjoy Kabuki performance along with Japanese hot spring spa with reasonable price. Because the performance will be held at Onsen establishment!

There are free shuttle bus from Hiroshima station.
1st free shutlle bus Hiroshima St at1pm Yuki lodge 2:20
2nd free shutlle bus Hiroshima St at 2pm Yuki lodge 3:20

Also there is a wonderful package which is 3150 yen including Kabuki performance, lunch box and hot spring spa.

Enjoy Japanese traditional dance and hot spring spa!

Aug 12, 2013

Night Safari at Asa Zoo

Event:Night Safari at Asa Zoo
Date:August 10th~September 1, 2013(Sat,Sunday only!!)
Cost:¥500 (Adults), ¥170 (Children) Under elementary school free
Place:Asa Zoo
Address:Asa-cho, Asa-kita-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 731-3355, Japan
A chance to see the nocturnal animals in action and to escape to the relative cool of the Asa highlands. The “night safari” is only held 8 nights a year, and it is always popular
with families and dating couples.
There is plenty of debate as to just how bad a zoo Asa Zoo is.
It seems to us that
although the confined spaces in which many of the animals are kept (especially the big cats)
are disgraceful, on the whole, as zoos go, the conditions are relatively good.
Hopefully some of the obvious delight of the kids that visit will translate into long term conservationist
thinking and a respect for animals.
On August 26 there are 60 minute performances at 18:00 and 19:30.
The zoo is open until 21:00 (final admission at 20:30).
Shuttle bus between Kamiyasu Astram Station and Asa Zoo every 10-20 minutes.

Jul 21, 2013

Lantern Floating Ceremony

Over 10,000 colorful lanterns are put into the Motoyasu River to wish keep floating toward the future with our prayer for peace.


***Anyone can take part in this event***

Date:6th August (every year)

Time:6pm-10pm (Reception close:9pm)

Place:Motoyasu River (near the A-bomb Dome)

Participation fee:600yen 
(You can apply for the event at the reception desk under the tent on the day of event.)


Organizers:The executive committee of Toro-nagashi

Jul 6, 2013

July 20th(SAT)Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

Event:Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival
Date:July 20, 2013 7:30 pm
Organizer:Onomichi sumiyoshi kai

UpdatedJune 19, 2012
Venue:Onomichi Suido Channel(near sumiyoshi shirine)
Address:Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
This display, and the Hamadonya Group which provides the 13,000 fireworks that are used, have been going since the Edo period. In 1741, the recently appointed magistrate of Onomichi, Hirayama Kakuzaemon Naozumi, moved Sumiyoshi Shrine from the Jodoji Temple to Sumiyoshihama on the waterfront protect the port from misfortune. The festival is held in order to wish for the prosperity of business and the safety of sea traffic. There is a colorful parade of boats and the air is filled with thousands of fireworks above the Onomichi Suido Channel.
Taking the ferry over the water to Mukaishima, allows you enjoy the display without having fight the huge crowds (about 350,000 people show up).
Parking for 2500 cars
Access: 10 min walk from Onomichi JR Station (on the Sanyo Line)


Jun 29, 2013

Hiroshima Port Dream Fireworks Festival

DATE: 2013/07/27(Sat)
   Opening ceremony: from 19:00
   Fireworks display: from 20:00
* No postponement for rain. To be held on the 28th (Sun) in case of postponement for any other reason.

PLACE: Hiroshima Port 10,000 ton class berth
ADDRESS:  Minami-ku, Hiroshima City

Its getting hotter and hotter here in Hiroshima. Everybody starts getting ready to plan their summer holiday!! Many exciting event will be held in Summer!
Here is one of big event which I recommend!

゜・:*:・。Hiroshima Port Dream Fireworks Festival゜・:*:・。

Fireworks are a true symbol of summer in Japan. Japanese fireworks feature bright colors and beautiful shapes when bursting overhead.

In Hiroshima, Hiroshima Port Dream Fireworks Festival is held in July, when approximately 10,000 fireworks are set off. Various types of fireworks can be enjoyed, including lovely katamono (pattern-shaped) fireworks, such as squids, crabs, octopus and fish, and offshore Starmine fireworks, which form fan shapes like peacocks spreading their wings.
The fireworks are displayed against the ocean and mountains in a refreshing sea breeze and the salt tang of the sea. Enjoy the “fantastic story” unfolded on a stage unique to Hiroshima, which is located along the Seto Inland Sea.

Enjoy beautiful firework!! Do not miss it!!!

Jun 25, 2013

June 28th(Fri)New World @ Sacred Spirits / Cafe Jamaica

Event:New World
Date:June 28, 2013 9:00 pm
Cost:free, with flyer ¥1000, door ¥1500 (includes 1 drink)
Organizer: New Wrold
Phone:082-240-0505 (Sacred Spirits)
Schedule:Every month on the fourth Friday, recurring 12 times 
Venue: Sacred Spirits / Cafe Jamaica
Address:B1F Apex Building, 6-3 Tatemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken, 730-0032, Japan
New World celebrate causing “Greatful ‘Techno’ Sound Effects” for 16 years with a
visit from DJ Moco from Yonago.
Guest DJ
  • Moco (Yonago)
  • Shin-ya
  • Gyunyu
  • Kuro
  • Kawa
  • Kim
  • Deluxe
The claim that among the music you can expect will be minimal, Detroit techno,
acid house, Chicago house, tech house, click, funky techno, hard techno, German
trance, acid trance, tribal house, hard house, progressive house, deep house, filter
house, French house, Italo House, rave, electro, ambient, etc (!).

Jun 16, 2013

June 22nd (Sat) the World Commercial Festival 2013 in Hiroshia

On June 22 (Sat) The World CM Festival in Hiroshima will be held!!

Place:Aster plaza 
Time:open 17:45 start 18:00
advance ticket 2,50yen ticket 3,000yen

Contact : 092-843-7370

 Do you know the “Sekai no CM Festival” ? It s a 3 hours crazy show made from the best commercial films from all over the world shown on a giant screen with English and Japanese sub-titles. The show turns in more than twenty cities in Japan and will be in Hiroshima  on June 22nd .

Jun 7, 2013

Kangensai in Miyajima

Date: 2013 June 17th (Mon)
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Place: Miyajima Daiganji Temple

Konnichiwa from Hiroshima Hana Hostel, it's Kana here.
Japan is in the right middle of rainy season now..But somehow it's been good weather these days.

One of the reason to come to Hiroshima for tourist is visiting MIYAJIMA.
It is one of well known world heritage in Japan. There are many different annual event / festival there.

Kangensai is the largest of the annual festivals observed at Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima.
Colofully decorated boats carry orchestras aboard and cruise along the coast while Gagaku music is being played.
It is like a gorgeous picture scroll of the Heian period spread out over the sea.

Kangensai will be held at Daiganji temple.
It was in chage of the repair and construction of Itsukushima Shrine until the Meiji Restoration(1868).
Daiganji Temple is dedicated to Benzaiten, the Goddess of eloquence, music, wisdom and wealth, and is known as one of the three most famous Benzaiten Temples. The Benzaiten is opened to the public only once a year on June 17.

Don't miss it!!

Let's enjoy  historical festival!!

May 23, 2013

May 25th and 26th Mantō Mitama Matsurii @ Gokoku Jinja Shirne

Event:Mantō Mitama Matsurii
Date:May 25, 2013~ay 26, 2013
Cost: Free
Organizer:Gokokujinja Shrine
Address:2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, 730-0011, Japan
Two days of events and commemorations over two nights at
Hiroshima’s shrine to the war dead, Gokoku-Jinja, which is
decorated with lanterns.

Saturday, May 25

  • 18:00 Ceremony in the main Shrine Hall
  • 19:00 Around 100 women dressed as shrine maidens perform dances in the forecourt
  • Followed by Miko-mai dance by full time shrine maidens
  • Taiko drum performance
  • Possibly other performances
  • Lantern lit dances by the maidens for the day finale before things finish at 9pm

Sunday, May 26

  • 10:00 elementary school aged boys and girls compete in Sumo contests in the shrine building.
  • 18:00 Mitama ceremony.
  • 19:00 Kagura Dance performances from 3 troupes.


May 14, 2013

2013.May 25th(Sat) Red Bull DJ Night @ Bon Voyage

Event:Red Bull DJ Night
Date:May 25, 2013 11:00 pm
Venue:Bon Voyage
7-6 Nagrekawa-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken,  
〒730-0028, Japan
From 11pm Bon Voyage morphs into an informal club space with eclectic dance music.
Regular DJS
  • KCH of JAM
  • JUDY
  • Brian
Free entry and special price Red Bull (JAGER BOMB ¥700, VODKA RED BULL ¥700, RED BULL ¥500).


Apr 30, 2013

゚.+:。Fukuyama Rose Fes.+:。

Period: From May 19 (Saturday) to 20 (Sunday)
Place:  Rose Park, Midori-machi Park and central city, shopping streets

After Cherry blossom season is over, we have season for Rose! There is a annual Rose fes in FUKUYAMA city Hiroshima prefecture.

The rose season comes to Fukuyama in May. Approximately 500,000 roses are in full bloom, and the Fukuyama Rose Festival is held to commemorate the event. Each year more than 800,000 people visit the Fukuyama Rose Festival, with its amusing attractions such as the parade and stage event centering on Rose Park.

 In Rose Park, with its myriad flowers, the rose parade organized several civic groups excites the festival. Unique stalls are open, and wonderful stage events are held. “Light and Rose Fantasies,” which lights up the Rose Park with electric lamps, is extremely popular.

Rose Park is covered with the romantic scent and atmosphere that its namesake blooms provide. The rose contest and rose concert have also caught on in Midori-machi Park. There are also traditional stage performances of Fukuyama, a handmade goods bazaar, a gourmet plaza and a sales corner featuring Hiroshima’s specialty products. Original rose goods, including soaps and aromatic mists, are sold in the museum shop.

The biggest event of the festival, however, is the “Rose Wedding.” One couple of every year blessed by the festival visitors has a wedding ceremony, surrounded by sweet, beautiful roses.

You can enjoy the street performances and music festival on the shopping streets in the city, and the “Rose Bus” also runs in the venue.

About one hour from Hiroshima Station to Fukuyama Station, so get your JR pass and head to Fukuyama for romantic day!

Apr 24, 2013

Houribe LOU new album release party @Hiroshima club Quattro

Houribe LOU new album release party @Hiroshima club Quattro

It's not too much to say that he is the one of famous guy in Hiroshima!
He usually play the hammer dulcimer at Hiroshima Peace park.

As this band released the new album on the 24th of April.They will throw a
album release party at Hiroshima Club quattro on the 26th of April.

Date:2013,April 26th
Start: 18:30

If you want more details,plz check their web site!!!

Apr 17, 2013

゚・:*Hiroshima Flower Festival゚・:*

Time: 2013 May 3rd, 4th, 5th12:00~19:00
Place: Peace Boulevard, Peace Memorial Park (South of the city centre)

The Hiroshima Flower Festival started in 1977 and this year will be the 37th festival since it started.
The festival is known as the biggest event in Hiroshima!! You should not miss it!!

☆Let's transform Hiroshima into a city full of music, greenery and flowers.
☆Let's share the greatness and preciousness of living in peace with everyone!
☆Let's export warm human relationships and rich life culture from Hiroshima to the world.

These 3 ideas have been the main themes of the flower festival, for 35years since it began 1977. The festival for the anniversary of the Atomic Bomb dropping onthe 6th of August recognises "stillness" as it's theme. To co-ordinate with this the flower festival, celebrated in the the warmth of may when the town is bathed in green, call itsself the "energetic movement" festival.

The festival consists of 3 main parts parades, stages,  and street venders!

1.6 million people come to celebrate the festival annually. In recent years, the festival has taken place not only during the day, but continued into the night with paper crane monuments and peace candles. This year, there will also be various concerts and traditional Japanese dance (Kagura) performances to enjoy!!

I used to go Flower Festival every year with my grandparents! A lot of fun and excitement!! Only 20minutesfrom Hiroshima Hana Hostel to the peace park by tram!

Apr 4, 2013

2013 April 19th-May 12th The National Confectionery Exposition in Hiroshima!!!

The National Confectionery Exposition is the largest confectionery fair in Japan, and is held once approximately every 4 years in various locations throughout the nation. Along with passing the history and culture of confectioneries along to the next generation, it also serves in promoting the confectionery industry and related industries, and invigorating the economy of the host area.

Sale locations

General admission ticket
Major travel companies, main stations of the West Japan Railway Company, convenience stores, etc (Nippon Travel Agency, JTB, etc).
* For details, please contact the Management Center for Ticket Sales (in our Executive Committee Business Bureau). (TEL:082-511-1611)
(For inquiries in Japanese only, please.)

Mar 17, 2013

Mar 30th (Sat) Children’s Kagura on Miyajima

Five children's Kagura folk dance troupes perform colourful dances in the hilltop Senjyokaku pavilion on Miyajima.

Date&Time: March 30, 2013 10:00
Fee: Adult ¥100, Children ¥50 (Senjyokaku entrance fee)

Mar 14, 2013

March 16th St Patrick’s Day Celebrations @ Molly Malone’s


Event:St Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Molly Malone’s
Date:March 16, 2013
Place:Molly Malone’s
Address:1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, 730-0034, Japan
Don something green and go enjoy the craic at
Molly Malone’s for a weekend of  live Irish music,
lots of drinks and prizes.
Saturday March 16th
  • Live music from Mutiny
  • Greg Wilk : Lead Vocal, Bodhran
  • Alex Lee : Guitar, Vocal
  • Paul Williams: Mandolin, Banjo, Vocal
  • Maiko Nakamura: Accordion, Fiddle
Sunday March 17th
  • Live music Paul Williams and local musicians.
The first 17 customers on both the 16th & 17th will be
treated to a free shot of Jameson Irish whiskey or Baileys
Irish Cream.
On Saturday the music kicks off at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm.



Feb 28, 2013

Preseason pro baseball exhibition match in March

Spring is around the corner and Baseball season is coming soon!

Baseball is really big in Hiroshima and you would see lots of local people in red shirts of Hiroshima Carp during baseball  season. 

Preseason pro baseball exhibition match starts next month at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium. Check the schedules as below:

March 5th 13:00
Hiroshima Carp vs Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Preseason Exhibition

March 7th 13:00
Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows Preseason Exhibition

March 9th 13:00
Hiroshima Carp vs Yokohama Baystars Preseason Exhibition

March 14th 13:00
Hiroshima Carp vs Yomiuri Giants Preseason Exhibition

March 16th 13:30
Hiroshima Carp vs Rakuten Eagles Preseason Exhibition

March 17th 13:30
Hiroshima Carp vs Rakuten Eagles Preseason Exhibition

March 24th 14:00
Hiroshima Carp vs Softbank Hawks Preseason Exhibition

Momo-mi Peach Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony@Shukkeien garden

Momo-mi Peach Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony
Date:March 17, 2013 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
Cost:¥600 (plus ¥250 garden admission charge)
Place:Shukkeien Garden
Address:2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi, 730-0014, Japan
Sencha tea ceremonies of three different schools rotate through the day at this annual tea ceremony at Shukkeien Garden.
Shukkeien garden is one of my favorite place in Hiroshima.
If you have a chance to visit Hiroshima,why don't you go and join the ceremony???
More details ..... 

Feb 26, 2013

・:*:・Senkoji Temple HAIKU Fes・:*:・

Still quite cold in Hiroshima but slightly getting warmer now. Will miss you, Winter...BUT We are already ready for Spring! Can't wait!!!

What comes up in your mind first when you think of SPRING?


Start with "C"???


Cherry blossoms at "Senkoji Temple & Park" that have been chosen as one of the "Top 100 Sites of Beautiful Cherry Blossoms".

Cherry blossom viewing in the evening is held during the cherry blossom season with lit up paper lanterns that display haiku. 

"Haiku "is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables in the pattern of 5-7-5, Including a seasonal word in it.

Period: 2013 Mar 16th(Sat)〜Apr 21st(Sun)
Paper lantertns will be lit up between 18:00〜6:00

Less than 1 hour to get to Onomichi by Shinkansen. Enjoy beautiful view of lantern and cherry blossom!!

Feb 25, 2013

Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens Orchid Festival.

Orchid Festival
March 2, 2013
March 10, 2013
¥500 garden admission (Children ¥170)

Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens

Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens

495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku,Hiroshima, Hiroshima731-5156,Japan

Feb 14, 2013

Setouchi Triennale 2013 Spring: March 20th|Wed|— April 21st|Sun|

Setouchi Triennale 2013
Spanning 12 islands in the scenic Seto Inland Sea,
this art festival will be held in 3 sessions so that you can enjoy
the charms of the area’s changing seasons.

Setouchi Triennale 2013 Spring: March 20th|Wed|— April 21st|Sun|

You can get to the islands that will serve as the event locations of the Setouchi International Art Festival via Takamatsu Port, which itself will also serve as an event location. You can also get to some islands via Uno Port.

Feb 7, 2013


Date: Feb 8th(Fri) 9th(Sat) 10th(Sun) 9:00am~20:00
Place: Mihara Station North Exit

Still middle of winter in Hiroshima, freezing but weather is calm.
There are many festival beginning of the year. This is another MATSURI(Festival) in Hiroshima prefecture MIHARA City. Takes about an hour by Shinkansen from Hiroshima Station.

There will be more than 500 food stall, sounds like HUGE festival.

Shinmeisai has been held for more than 440 years and this is very traditional one. The best part of it is you can see DARUMA( which is 2.4m in diameter. I think this is the biggest Daruma in Japan..Please check it out for me!

Jan 25, 2013

Ben Folds Five Playing in Hiroshima.

Ben Folds Five
February 20, 2013 7:00 pm
¥8500 (includes one drink)

Club Quattro
10F PARCO Honkan, Hondori 10-1, Naka-kuHiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-kenJapan

Ben Folds Five is an alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group comprises Ben Folds (lead vocals,piano, keyboards, melodica, principal songwriting), Robert Sledge (bass, contrabass, synthesizer, backing vocals), and Darren Jessee(drums, percussion, backing vocals, songwriter, and co-writer for some songs). The group achieved mainstream success in the alternative,indie and pop music scenes. The band is best known for the hit single "Brick" from their 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen, which gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations. During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, oneretrospective album of B-sides and outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000, apparently under amicable circumstances.

Jan 24, 2013

2013,Feb,9th-10th Miyajima Oyster Festival

2013,Feb,9th-10th Miyajima Oyster Festival

Event:Miyajima Oyster Festival
Start:February 9, 2013 10:00 am
End:February 10, 2013 3:00 pm
Place:Miyajima island
Address:Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan
One of Miyajima’s specialities is oyster, and every year on the second weekend in February, some of the juiciest are served up at rock bottom prices.
Also music and other performances.
Held in front of the ferry port on Miyajima and in front of the Miyajima Aquarium.

Jan 21, 2013

Oyster Festivals in Hiroshima 2013

Oyster season is now here!

We have the biggest oyster farm in Japan in Hiroshima.
From the end of January right through to the end of February just about every little port on the coast hosts its own oyster festival and a visit to at least one is highly recommended if oysters are your thing.

Please check the following information for the festivals:

Ōtake Oyster Festival
Sunday, January 27 10:00-15:00
Harumi Koen, Harumi 2 Chome, Otake-shi (Next to Ogata Port)
20 minutes walk from Kuba JR Station
  Photos from the 2011 event on this Japanese blog.
Ōgaki Minato Market
おおがきみなと市場 (江田島)
Sunday, January 27 10:00 until sold out
日時:2013年1月27日(日) 10時から売り切れまで
3147 Ogakicho Kakiura, Etajima,

Hiroshima Charity Oyster Bazaar
Sunday, February 3 10:00 until sold out
2-3-2 Deshio, Minami-ku, Hiroshima-shi (in front of Volvo dealership)
10min walk from Minami-kuyakusho-mae streetcar stop
Ono Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 09:30-14:30
Miyajima Kyotei-jyo (Miyajima Boat Race Stadium)
Ondo Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 09:00-15:00
1-7-1 Minamiondo, Ondochō, Kure-shi
36min by bus from Kure JR Station (get off at Ondo Shimin Center-mae)

Etajima Oyster Festival
Sunday, February 3 10:00-16:00
Koyo Minato Koen, 2-17-1 Etajimacho Koyo, Etajima
22min by boat from Ujina to Koyo Port

Miyajima Oyster Festival
Saturday February 9 and Sunday February 10, 10:00 until sold out
Miyajima Port Terminal
Read more about the Miyajima Oyter Festival here.

Tahara Oyster Festival
Sunday February 10 09:00 until sold out
2-12-1 Ondochō Tahara, Kure-shi
30min by bus from Kure JR Station, get off at Tahara

Kure Seafood Festival
Monday February 11, 10:00 until sold out
In Kure Chuo-koen Park
10min walk from Kure JR Station

Jigozen Charity Oyster Festival
Sunday February 17, 09:00-13:00
5-10-8 Jigozen, Hatsukaichi-shi
5min walk from Jigozen Streetcar Stop
Takurajima Kurahashi Festival
Sunday February 17, 10:00-15:00
Katsuragahama Beach
70min by bus from Kure JR Station to Katsuragahama Beach
Saka-cho Charity Seafood Bazaar
Sunday February 24 09:00-12:00
Paruteifuji Saka, 3-2-11 Heiseigahama, Saka-cho, Aki-gun, Hiroshima-ken
10min walk from JR Saka Station
Hiroshima Seafood Festival
Sunday February 24 10:00-14:00
Hiroshima City Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Promotion Center
8-5-1 Shoko Center, Nishi-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hayase Oyster Festival
Sunday February 24 08:30 until sold out
In front of Kure-shi Ondo Hayase Elementary School
1-8-15 Ondo Hayase, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
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Yasuura Oyster Festival
Sunday February 24 09:00 until sold out
8-2 Yasuura Chuo, Yasuura-cho, Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken
10min walk from Yasuura JR Station