Blue Moon Café

P1040463Diner-style Blue Moon Café in Nakamachi offers a variety of Tex Mex and burgers with Japanese twists of the kind you see in restaurants where they haven’t quite figured out how to cook western styles dishes perfectly.

Hiroshima Lies – Kikujiro Fukushima Photo Exhibition

© Kikujiro Fukushima

© Kikujiro Fukushima

Born in 1921, Kikujiro Fukushima came of age during the height of Japan’s imperial expansion, and as a young man he shared the strong desire of many of his peers to fight for the glory of the emperor. Poor physical condition and a series of fortuitous coincidences helped keep Kikujiro alive while many of those same peers became casualties of war. Being sent on a suicide mission – as a human bomb deployed against the American tanks that were fully expected on Kyushu’s shores in the summer of 1945 – may not sound like a particularly lucky turn of events, but it was from central Hiroshima that Fukushima was sent. 6 days after he left Hiroshima, the A-bomb exploded in the sky above the city half a kilometer from for his former training ground.

Rewind This!

rewind-this2013 documentary film directed by Josh Johnson about the impact of VHS on the film industry and home video, as well as about collectors of videotapes Rewind This! (VHSテープを巻き戻せ!) is showing at the newly refurbished Yokogawa Cinema this week.


Padma Indian dining is centrally located in Hiroshima city center right behind the Chisun Hotel. Padma means lotus flower in Hindi and does offer a very tranquil dining experience as the name suggests. The restaurant has a lot of table seating and quite a spacious layout making it good for group meals of all sizes. There are a huge variety of curries and side dishes to choose from and this may be the most vegetarian friendly Indian restaurants in Hiroshima city.

Meet Koisshiii and Hiroshima’s Other Yuru-kyara Hopefuls

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when strangely cute and downright bizarre mascots – known as yuru-kyara – thought up by towns, local governments, companies and other organizations vie for the hearts and votes of the nation in the annual Yuru-kyara Grand Prix.

King of yuru-kyara, Kumamon

King of yuru-kyara, Kumamon

The yuru-kyara craze which shows no signs of abating, can seem somewhat bewildering to the uninitiated, but, make no mistake, a successful yuru-kyara can mean big business. Kumamoto’s Kumamon is probably the most well known yuru-kyara. According to a Bank of Japan report, the rosy-cheeked bear with nearly 350,000 Twitter followers was responsible for some 120 billion yen in sales and garnered around 90 billion yen’s worth of publicity for Kumamoto in the two years after winning the 2011 Grand Prix. Last year’s big hit was the little, yellow “pear fairy” Funasshii which won a regional mascot contest despite being something of a renegade, not endorsed by any official body in the town of Funabashi which Funashii represents.

Interview with Jim Murphy (PIXAR)

IMG_5159On August 22, day two of the Hiroshima Animation Festival, PIXAR screened the world premier of their new short, “LAVA.” It is basically a cute love story, with the use of the word “lava” instead of love. Which makes sense, because the main characters are volcanoes. The director Jim Murphy called the two volcanoes Uku and Lele which go together “ukulele” which we hear throughout the film.

How Tourists View Hiroshima

While preparing for an upcoming talk at a “Hello Hiroshima” volunteer guide seminar (HiroshiaJinDai sponsored) this week I’ve been considering how we can make a visit to Hiroshima more user-friendly. As it has been many years since I visited Hiroshima for the first time, I asked friends on facebook and twitter for insights on any problems they had when first coming to Hiroshima.

It became clear that when you can’t read anything in Japanese and you don’t know the culture, visiting Hiroshima for the first time is a very confusing place to be.

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