Cute “ogre and club” bread sets for Setsubun

andersen oni ni kanabou setsubun bread setOni ni kanabou [鬼に金棒] is a Japanese saying which literally means giving an iron club [kanabou/金棒] to an ogre [oni/鬼], ie making something already pretty strong, pretty much invincible. It seems that during the annual festival of Setsubun on February 3, when oni run amok at kindergartens all over Japan scaring the pants off kids with only a handful of beans to protect them, the last thing you’d want to do is give them an iron club. Unless, that is, they are made of custard filled pastry and coated in chocolate.

On February 3, for one day only, you can pick up these sweet bread sets at Andersen bakery in the basement of Fukuya department store across the road from Hiroshima JR Station.


Read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima.


Sushi Ken

I am constantly on the look-out for great sushi places to recommend on GetHiroshima as it is always a popular choice for special occasions and for tourists to Japan. Sushi Ken meets all the requirements of a great sushi place to recommend – fantastic quality fish of many varieties, easy access in the city, welcoming staff and a good English menu.

Yoshimizu-en Garden

yoshimizu-en gardenYoshimizu Garden [吉水園] is lovely, private garden, only open to the public on two weekends, twice a year. If you can make it on it’s open weekend in November, it’s a great place to take in on the way to or from Sandankyo Gorge and is worthy destination in its own right.


Film Treasures from The Museum of Modern Art MoMA

film treasure from moma

In December, Hiroshima film buffs have an opportunity to see a selection of a selection of the films from the Museum of Modern Art’s collection shown at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival earlier this year. The films are being shown at the Hiroshima City Cinematographic and Audio-visual Library December 3-14 and admission is to each program is only ¥520 for adults.

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.

Autumn leaves at Yoshimizu-en 2014

yoshimizuen garden by @tadasi310A compilation of lovely photos of the Autumn leaves at Yoshimizu-en garden in Kake at the weekend. This beautiful garden is only open to the public 4 weekends a year – two in June and two in November. You can get in again next weekend (November 15 &16).

Read more in our Autumn Colors Guide.

Hiroshimagrams November 2014

sankeien garden by kamodaA collection of the Instagrams showing striking, and sometimes surprising, views of our city and the surrounding region that have caught our eye this month. We’ll keep updating this post through the month, so you might want to check back.

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