Ono Wildlife Sanctuary

TurtlesYou won’t find lions, tigers and bears (well, maybe bears) at Ono Wildlife Sanctuary [おおのの自然観察の森 oono no shizen kansatsu no mori] in the mountains high above Hatsukaichi, but it is a lovely spot to go take a walk and a must for birders and lovers of plants, flowers, insects and tree frogs. If you have use of a car or like to bike hills on your bicycle (and have strong legs and powerful lungs), this nature preserve is a nearby countryside getaway.

Ondo Ongaku Shokudo

ondo interiorOndo Ongaku Shokudo is in a relaxed basement space on the edge of Hiroshima’s entertainment district, located below and named after the Ondo Onsen public bathhouse. Ondo offers a friendly welcome and is a place where you can get some homestyle Japanese food made with carefully selected ingredients, enjoy a drink after work and/or groove until dawn.

 

Kanguruwanguru [カングルワングル]

kanguruwanguruLilting indie rock combo made up of Speaker Gain Teardrop musicians and the rolling rap style vocals of Nonbendarari’s Nokkon.

 

 

 

Yoiyachidori [酔屋ちどり]

yoiyachidoriEntertaining two-piece playing Okinawan folk-style songs and rhythms on shamisen and percussion. Lots of humor and great costumes, it’s always a matsuri when Yoiyachidori play.

 

 

 

Hiroden X Hiroshima Carp T-shirt

hiroden carp t-shirtThe Hiroden Streetcar Festival is being held this Sunday, June 7 at its Senda-machi stockyard. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event the century-old company has joined forces with the Hiroshima Carp to produce a limited edition T-shirt to be sold at the event.

2015 Yukata Guide

yukataThere’s no better way to get into Hiroshima’s annual Toukasan Yukata Festival than by joining the crowds and hitting the stalls kitted out in a yukata. The summer kimono is light weight, reasonably cheap and comparably easy to put on. That said, you can spend a pretty penny on your pretty yukata and for the novice, getting it to look just right can be quite a headache. Luckily, help is at hand.

 

Hiroshima Botanical Gardens

Entrance View Botanical GardensFlower lovers and photography buffs will enjoy the blooming variations of each changing season at the Hiroshima Botanical Gardens.

This family-friendly park in Saiki-ku, is only a 30 minute drive (or 40 min by bus) from Hiroshima city center. The gardens also host special events throughout the year featuring seasonal flora.

Pro-Basketball in Hiroshima

April 2015 Hiroshima Lightning Game2014 was great start for professional Basketball in Hiroshima – fans will be happy to know that there are now two official, professional league teams that play in the city: The Hiroshima Dragonflies and the Hiroshima Lightning. Both team’s seasons run from October to May. The BJ league team also offers great kids classes during the week to inspire young players.

A-bombed buildings likely to be lost in Hiroden redevelopment

hiroden hibaku tatemonoChugoku Shimbun reported May 12 that Hiroshima Dentetsu, the company more commonly known as Hiroden which runs the city’s streetcars and many of its buses, will draw up plans to redevelop a site in its possession on which two A-bombed buildings stand.

 

 

“The Principles of Art” by Akasegawa Genpei

Akasegawa Genpei, Sheets of Vagina © Akasegawa GenpeiBy the time of his death last year at the age of 77, Akasegawa Genpei was both an iconic figure in the world of Japanese modern art and a popular author and commentator. This exhibition charts his career from its beginnings, firmly within the narrow confines of Japan’s avant-garde, through controversies in the 1960s and 1970s which brought him to the attention of the Japanese mainstream, to carving out his own place within that popular culture.

Hiroshima Carp News

Swallows punish Carp with ninth-inning salvoSwallows punish Carp with ninth-inning salvo
The Japan Times (May 24, 2015)

Masayoshi Miwa made Hiroshima pay for intentionally putting the go-ahead run on base with a come-from-behind, two-run, ninth-inning triple that lifted the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 9-8 win over the Carp on Sunday afternoon.
Read more here or click through for more Carp news.

20T Rental Space

20T Door20T is a user-friendly business inspiration in downtown Hiroshima: It can be used as a rental kitchen, dining area, party venue or even a DIY workshop space. You can make bookings any day of the week between 10am and 10pm, for reasonable hourly rates.

 

 

Bayside Beach Saka

Bayside Beach Saka thEasy to get to using local roads, Hiroshima-Kure toll road or by train,Bayside Beach Saka [ベイサイドビーチ坂] is Hiroshima city’s most convenient beach. It is open all-year and enjoyed by picnickers, SUP-ers, jet-skiers, windsurfers and people fishing. At the height of summer bathing season in July and August, this beach is bursting with carloads of beachgoers heading to the sea to cool off.

 

Miyajima Park & Ride Golden Week 2015

miyajima itsukushima shrine toriiAt peak times, traffic into Miyajima-guchi to take the ferry can get really backed up both along Route 2 and from the Sanyo expressway, and Golden Week is definitely one of those times. If you are planning to head to Miyajima during the holiday next week and must take the car or don’t want to dodge the daytime traffic by just hitting the Shima-akari illuminations after dark, Hatsukaichi city has set up a few park and ride options using either the local train, streetcar or shuttle bus.

Kintai-kyo Bridge Festival

kintai bridge festivalEvery year on April 29 (a National Holiday commemorating the birthday of the Showa Emperor, Hirohito) the Kintai-kyo Bridge Festival is held in Iwakuni. Centered around the iconic and beautiful five-span arched Kintai-kyo Bridge which lies below Iwakuni Castle, the event attracts large numbers of people and is a fun day out.