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Hiroshima Flea Markets

January 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Ah, flea markets, where you learn what you’re really made of. Do you walk out empty handed, or do you go home with the sack of mismatched chess pieces, a tattered sombrero and an embalmed porcupine fish on a stick? In and around Hiroshima, the term “flea market” covers a lot of territory, from housewives […]

Setsubun Festivals in Hiroshima

January 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Each year, on the third of February, harried fathers across Japan put on paper demon masks and are pelted with roasted soybeans by their children, who cry “Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi!” (Demon out, Fortune in!) until dad flees out the front door into the night air. Or turns on his children to teach […]

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub in Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

The truth is, if you’re going to be in Hiroshima a while, you’d find your way to Molly Malone’s (just ‘Molly’s’ to regulars) on Chuo Dori sooner or later without my help. Hopefully, though, you’ll make that sooner, because if any place in town has a right to call itself “Hiroshima’s local,” this welcoming and […]

Tondo Festivals in Hiroshima

December 22, 2017 by Matt Mangham

Across Hiroshima Prefecture, early to mid-January involves one final, festive bit of housekeeping with regard to the year just passed. Part of ‘Koshagatsu,’ which marks the traditional lunar new year, it’s called the Tondo festival. In public parks, school grounds and shrine courtyards, people gather around towering bonfires of bamboo, on which they throw the […]

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