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World Igloo Building Championship at Osorakan Snow Park

January 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Without a little advance planning, midwinter in Japan can seem bleak, especially in the city. Which is precisely why it makes good sense to get out of town. Whether you head for an onsen to drive out the chill, or light out for a winter festival, it’s a good time of year to see what […]

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 […]

Frozen Fun in Hiroshima

December 24, 2017 by Justin Hanus

For many people, wintertime in Hiroshima means oysters and nihonshu. While these are great winter indulgences, there are many other experiences worth having during the colder months. While the rest of Japan either goes into hibernation or ski season, Hiroshima has its own options for winter fun that don’t allow for hibernating. Despite minimal snowfall […]

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 […]

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