Flower Parks of the Sera District of Hiroshima

March 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

For many people, spring really only means flowers, and plenty of them. Some of us can get all we need from a lazy afternoon or two under the cherry blossoms. But if that has only whetted your appetite for spring color after the long, bleak winter, then Hiroshima Prefecture’s Sera district has you covered. For […]

Calling 119 for Emergency Assistance in Japan

March 20, 2018 by Ray Proper

Dial 119 for fire department or medical services Dial 110 for police 119 in Japan is a direct-dial free emergency number that connects the caller to fire and emergency medical services from any phone.  Unlike emergency number services in many other countries, the 119 system in Japan only connects to fire or ambulance services.  Police are […]

Hiroshima’s Shukkei-en, A Landscape in Miniature

February 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city for a little while, and sometimes you can’t. In Hiroshima, a nearly perfect solution to this common dilemma is a trip to Shukkei-en garden, just a ten to fifteen minute walk north of the Hondori shopping arcade. Designed as the grounds for the second residence […]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp Baseball

February 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Baseball in Japan Nippon Professional Baseball (playing a role similar to the USA’s MLB) consists of two leagues, the Central League (Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Yokohama DeNA BayStars, and the Yomiuri Giants) and the Pacific League (Chiba Lotte Marines, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Saitama Seibu […]

Hinamatsuri, or the Doll’s Festival in Hiroshima

February 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

“Hinamatsuri,” also called Girl’s Day or the Doll’s Festival, is a day that will either charm you or leave you cold. If you have a domestic bent, or a fondness for dolls or traditional craft, it’s sure to win you over. Officially, the day itself is on March 3, although events associated with the Doll’s […]

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