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Ise Ebi Matsuri (Lobster Festival)

May 29, 2018 by Mark Guthrie

For much of the world, there is little more decadent than dining out on lobster. However, here in Japan, lobster – while still relatively pricey compared to most seafood – is by no means the preserve of the uber-rich, and nor is the festival that celebrates it each year. All along the Pacific coast of […]

Rice Planting Events in Hiroshima

May 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

I always recommend venturing out of the city if you can. Rural Hiroshima Prefecture is a knockout, and this is a wonderful time of year. The spring foliage still shows its fresh, pale green on the hills, and the worst of the summer heat is weeks away. Most of the towns in the Hiroshima countryside […]

Visit Miyoshi City in Hiroshima Prefecture

May 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

I’ve already tried to lure you out to Mibu’s rice fields this June. At the risk of being too insistent on the charms of the countryside, let me also suggest that it’s time for a visit to Miyoshi. Miyoshi is a wonderful little city, the largest town in Hiroshima prefecture that isn’t on the Seto Inland […]

Hiroshima’s Toukasan Festival

May 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

For four hundred years, Hiroshima’s Toukasan festival has marked the arrival of summer for locals. Stretching over three days on the first weekend in June, the festival is officially in honor of Touka Daimyoujin, a deity enshrined at Enryu-ji, a temple one block north of Peace Boulevard on Chuo-dori. Also known simply as Toukasan, the […]

Things to do in Tokyo during Rainy Season

May 29, 2018 by Jason Gatewood

We’ve braved yet another cold winter, sat out under the pink trees during hanami season, and seen it warm up steadily with our minds starting to look towards the barbecues, beach trips and bon ordori festivals of summer. But we have to get through three or so weeks of dreary, sopping wet tsuyu rainy season […]

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