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August 6th, Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima

July 30, 2018 by Matt Mangham

The entire world knows what happened in Hiroshima on the morning of August 6th, 1945. Today, the events that occurred on that date and in the following days are one of the main reasons that Hiroshima receives such a disproportionately high number (for a city its size) of visitors. You should know, then, that the […]

Hiroshima Asa Zoological Garden

June 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

If you’re just visiting Hiroshima, or here for a few months, you can probably give this a miss and look for other ways to spend your weekend. But for diehard zoo aficionados or families with children, Asa Zoo makes for a good day out. Several online reviews for the zoo say it’s small, but I […]

Hiroshima Port Dream Fireworks

June 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Summer in Japan just doesn’t quite work without taking in at least one fireworks show. Hiroshima has several, but the two big crowd pleasers are the Miyajima show in August, and what is called the Yumehanabi, or “Dream Fireworks” from Hiroshima Port in the Ujina district. Formerly held directly in front of the Prince Hotel […]

Mitaki Temple

June 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Mitaki Temple (or Mitaki-dera) isn’t as off the beaten path as it once was. All the online references to a “hidden gem” seem to have had their inevitable effect, and the last few times I’ve been there I’ve had plenty of company. Still, except for sunny weekends in cherry blossom or autumn foliage season, Mitaki […]

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 […]

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