Hiroshima’s Shukkei-en, A Landscape in Miniature

February 26, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Sometimes you just need to get out of the city for a little while, and sometimes you can’t. In Hiroshima, a nearly perfect solution to this common dilemma is a trip to Shukkei-en garden, just a ten to fifteen minute walk north of the Hondori shopping arcade. Designed as the grounds for the second residence […]

Hiroshima Toyo Carp Baseball

February 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Baseball in Japan Nippon Professional Baseball (playing a role similar to the USA’s MLB) consists of two leagues, the Central League (Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Yokohama DeNA BayStars, and the Yomiuri Giants) and the Pacific League (Chiba Lotte Marines, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Saitama Seibu […]

Hinamatsuri, or the Doll’s Festival in Hiroshima

February 21, 2018 by Matt Mangham

“Hinamatsuri,” also called Girl’s Day or the Doll’s Festival, is a day that will either charm you or leave you cold. If you have a domestic bent, or a fondness for dolls or traditional craft, it’s sure to win you over. Officially, the day itself is on March 3, although events associated with the Doll’s […]

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 […]

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