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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 […]

Firewalking at Miyajima 2018

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Japan has a slew of fire rituals, the most famous of which being Kyoto’s famous Daimonji Festival. These festivals, leveraging ancient notions of purification and renewal, continue to draw people even in the modern world. In Hiroshima, November offers two chances for visitors to experience ‘Hiwatari,’ or firewalking. The first is at Daiganji and the […]

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 […]

Saijo Sake Festival in Higashi Hiroshima

September 27, 2018 by Matt Mangham

In early October of every year, Hiroshima Prefecture’s Saijo town (part of Higashi-Hiroshima) lets its hair down for a massive, two-day block party. One of Japan’s three premier sake-brewing locales, Saijo is proud of its history. About thirty kilometers east of Hiroshima City, the town’s brewing industry claims roots reaching back over three centuries. Today […]

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