Ume Plum Blossoms at Shukkei-en Garden 3/4/2015

Ume Plum Blossom At Shukkei-en Garden - 8The ume plum blossoms at Shukkei-en Garden are at about 70% and look particularly lovely if you can catch them during the increasingly frequent sunny intervals. The garden’s annual momo peach blossom viewing tea ceremony is scheduled for March 16, but there’s a good chance the ume will be looking fine then too. Click through for some more photos.

Two blooming great runs to get you motivated this spring

miyajima runWith temperatures rising after each downpour and plum trees in bloom thoughts turn to getting from out under that kotatsu table and moving zee body. Those looking for some springtime motivation might want to consider one of two picturesque running events, both being held on April 5.


A.P.C. store opening in Hiroshima

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French ready-to-wear brand A.P.C. known for classic pieces with clean lines and top quality raw-denim selvage jeans comes to Hiroshima this spring.

The Fukuromachi store opens its doors Saturday, February 28 and is open 12:00-20:00.

Adachi-ga-hara (Kurozuka)

adachi-ga-haraThe kagura story of Adachi-ga-hara [安達ヶ原] comes from a Noh play based on the legend of an inn at Kurozuka [黒塚] (another name the play goes by) in the Touhoku region run by your worst nightmare of a landlord – a demon which would take the form of old woman and prey on travelers during the night.

Mihara Shinmei-ichi Daruma Festival

Over 500 street stalls selling every imaginable kind of festival food, daruma dolls, a plant and shrub market, daruma dolls, haunted houses, daruma dolls, open air karaoke competitions, thousands of people, and the world’s largest daruma doll.

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.


2015 limited edition Carp goods

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Hiroshima is getting very excited about local the Hiroshima Carp’s prospects for the coming season baseball season. Much is expected of new manager Koichi Ogata. News of Hiroki Kuroda taking an 80% pay cut to return to Hiroshima after 8 years in the US major leagues caused huge excitement over the winter holiday. The plucky team also seem to be capturing the zeitgeist; “Carp Girl” (カープ女子) made it into the top buzzwords of 2014 list.

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