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Hiroshima Winter Illuminations

November 27, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Seasonal illuminations are a big deal in Japan. From the famous Kobe Luminarie, donated by the Italian government following the Great Hanshin Earthquake, to light festivals in Osaka, Sendai, Nagoya and elsewhere, a chilly stroll through an enchanted scene of colored lights has become a prominent feature of winter in Japan. And Hiroshima is no […]

Hiroshima Ski and Snowboard Resorts

November 27, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Hiroshima isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of skiing in Japan. We’re a long way from the Nagano Alps, and even further from Hokkaido, but people do go skiing in the Prefecture or just over the border in Shimane. There are a number of options, varying widely in snow cover […]

Onsen In and Around Hiroshima

November 27, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Hot springs, or ‘onsen,’ are a great idea any time of year, but there’s something about being outside and up to your chin in hot water that just really appeals in the depths of winter. Fortunately, you don’t need to book a room at one of the famous Kyushu hot springs towns, which are entirely […]

Buying a Christmas Tree in Hiroshima 2018

November 19, 2018 by Admin

If you are in the market for a Christmas Tree to liven up your holiday season you with trim and presents, you are in luck. Stocks are very limited so, don’t delay!  The trees are a bit shorter than you might get used to but they have very nice shapes and I am certain they will bring you […]

Hiroshima’s Ebisuko Festival 2018

October 29, 2018 by Matt Mangham

Across Japan, Ebisu is one of Shinto’s most popular deities. Deaf and lame, and always laughing (hence the Japanese term ‘ebisugao’ for a smiling face) Ebisu is the god of fishermen and good fortune. The old tenth lunar month was called ‘kannazuki,’ or the month without gods because the entire Shinto pantheon was said to […]

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