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Fruits of Your Labour: Fruit Picking in Hiroshima

June 26, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Summer is here and the weather is perfect for eating fresh fruit and fruit-related products. Sure, you can go to a restaurant and eat away to your heart’s content, but why try fruit picking instead?  Fruit picking is an extremely popular social activity for Japanese people and something young women in particular often do together. […]

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 […]

Book-Off: Hiroshima’s Answer to Everything you Need

May 19, 2017 by Jade Brischke

As a foreigner in Japan (especially when you first arrive), life can be a little difficult adjusting to a new place and a completely different culture. You may need to find furniture, or at least things to personalise your apartment and make it your own and you may not want to spend big money on […]

Rain, Rain Go Away: Surviving Hiroshima’s Rainy Season

April 24, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Rainy season is coming! For those of you new to Japan and especially those who are unfamiliar with this kind of weather… let’s just say it will be an experience. Rainy season or tsuyu is the part of summer that no one likes or appreciates, unless of course you’re a rice farmer or sake producer […]

Biru Stand Shigetomi: Hiroshima’s Standing Beer Bar

April 24, 2017 by Jade Brischke

The lack of space in Japan has resulted in the need to utilise every square metre possible and thus, to ensure it is put to good use. Combine this with the Japanese people’s love of drinking, particularly beer and you have yourself the standing bar. Best of all, you don’t have to go to Tokyo […]