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.

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.

Spring has landed in Hiroshima

SpringJapanSpring has landed in Hiroshima, we are not talking about the season of course but the LCC (Low Cost Carrier) company Spring Japan airlines headquartered in Narita (Tokyo), Japan. It is 33% owned by the Chinese company, Spring Airlines, the rest is owned by various Japanese companies according to this Wikipedia entry.

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