US ambassador Caroline Kennedy to visit Hiroshima Peace Museum

Caroline KennedyUS ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to visit Hiroshima tomorrow (April 17).

After attending the 69th peace memorial ceremony on August 6 last year, this will be Kennedy’s second visit to the city as ambassador. On this visit, however, she will visit the Peace Memorial Museum and lay a wreath at the cenotaph for A-bomb victims for the first time as ambassador.

Setouchi Island Trail: A newbie perspective

island trail thAs a newbie to the trail running scene, I purchased my ticket to the Setouchi Island Trail run with a mixture of apprehension and excitement. Recommended to me for its superb views and challenging terrain, it seemed like a good place to begin my acquaintance with trail running. The 11km run was my challenge of choice, there is also a half marathon option (22km) if you’re that way inclined.


Bar Ken’s and Tres Marias

Bar Kens and Tres Marias 3There’s a good chance you might walk into Bar Ken’s and Tres Marias, or as some regulars call it The black hole, with the intention of staying for only an hour or two, but as the majority have discovered… That rarely, if ever, happens.

Hiroshima Carp News

Tomoyuki SuganoCarp win matchup of No. 1 starters
The Yomiuri Shimbun (April 10, 2015)

In a matchup of Opening Day starters, Thursday’s night game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hiroshima Carp figured to be a low-scoring game at Mazda Stadium, and it was.

Read more here or click through for more Carp news.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's Flying BirdsNoel Gallagher was in town with his High Flying Birds playing at Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen HBG Hall on their Chasing Yesterday tour on April 9. Despite the relatively small venue, Hiroshima was only place not to sell out on the Japan leg of the tour, illustrating once again how hard is for promoters to bring overseas acts here. On the other hand, the ¥9500 on the door entry price may provide a clue as to why overseas acts often don’t sell out here…

Click through to see pics and vids from the gig. You can see the full set list here.

Fallen blossoms like snow

miyajima deer and petalsNature saw fit to match the eagerly anticipated peak of this year’s cherry blossom blooms with some spectacular storms and everyone got a clear reminder that of the nature of impermanence which the blossoms are often said to embody. Still, even after the blossoms have fallen they can still be appreciated especially when they lie untouched by nothing more than the nosing of deer like a carpet of freshly fallen snow.


tougen studioTougen is a piercing studio tucked away in the middle of Hondori shopping avenue above a souvenir shop. It’s a great place for a foreigner looking to have some body art done without having to go to a hospital. The atmosphere of the place is very unique and the owner is friendly and approaches the art with a confident, no-nonsense attitude.