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Tomonoura: The Seaside Village of Wolverine and Miyazaki… and Medicinal Sake

June 26, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Summer has officially arrived and the beach and all things cool and refreshing are the flavours of the month. The days are long and the blue skies and sunshine combine to create the perfect conditions for a trip to the seaside. Nowhere is more perfect or picturesque than the sleepy little fishing village of Tomonoura. Not […]

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. […]

Rabbit Island: A Hop, Skip and a Jump from Hiroshima

June 19, 2017 by Jade Brischke

Chances are you aren’t familiar with the name Okunoshima, but if someone mentions its nickname, you’re almost certain to know where they’re talking about. Yes, the place I’m talking about is Rabbit Island, so named for the hordes of rabbits that run wild and are the main attraction for this popular tourist destination. Rabbit Island […]

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 […]