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Hiroshima’s Ebisuko Festival 2018

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Across Japan, Ebisu is one of Shinto’s most popular deities. Deaf and lame, and always laughing (hence the Japanese term ‘ebisugao’ for a smiling face) Ebisu is the god of fishermen and good fortune. The old tenth lunar month was called ‘kannazuki,’ or the month without gods because the entire Shinto pantheon was said to […]

Hiroshima Grand Inoko Festival

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Inoko Festivals are a familiar feature of autumn across western Japan. With roots in ancient Chinese harvest festivals celebrated in the tenth lunar month (the month of the boar), Inoko celebrations were observed in Japan as early as the Heian period, and over time developed into several distinct expressions, from the festival of the court […]

Koyo, or Fall Colors in Hiroshima

October 25, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

The Japanese are proud of the four distinct seasons Japan offers and very conscience of the changing of the seasons around them. They often celebrate little, or not so little, milestones between each to mark the occasion. Long sleeve, or short sleeve shirts for example are there one day, but gone the next as the […]

Ghibli Expo Hiroshima: From Nausicaä to Marnie

August 28, 2018 by Matt Mangham

It’s no secret that one of Japan’s chief exports is its popular culture, and the films of Studio Ghibli rank high with pop culture aficionados around the world. Ghibli’s twenty-one feature films (the Expo includes Nausicaä, which will be controversial to some purists) offer something for everyone, spanning material from the brutal Grave of the […]

Full Moon Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en in Hiroshima

August 28, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Tsukimi, or Moon Viewing, is a Japanese tradition going back to the Heian period, when portions of the old Chinese mid-Autumn festivals blended with local practices to create one more reason for the aristocracy of Kyoto to stay up all night. The classic portrayal of the Heian Moon Viewing Party includes courtesans reclining in small […]

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