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Tondo Festivals in Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

Across Hiroshima Prefecture, early to mid-January involves one final, festive bit of housekeeping with regard to the year just passed. Part of ‘Koshagatsu,’ which marks the traditional lunar new year, it’s called the Tondo festival. In public parks, school grounds and shrine courtyards, people gather around towering bonfires of bamboo, on which they throw the […]

Toukasan Festival: Hiroshima’s Official Start of Summer

May 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Toukasan (とうかさん) is not only the biggest festival in Hiroshima, but also one of the oldest of the summer festivals in the whole of Japan. Dating back some 400 years, the three-day festival is the event the highlights the fact that summer has officially begun. Held every June on the first weekend, the event revolves […]

‘Jewels of the Sea’ Miyajima Oyster Festival near Hiroshima

January 23, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Although Hiroshima is famous for its oysters throughout the year, it is during winter, in the coldest month of February that they’re at their best.  Sure you can go to a famous restaurant or oyster bar in Hiroshima to enjoy them, but for something more fun (and definitely cheaper!), why not brave the cold and […]

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