Teranishi Coffee Shop

Teranishi Coffee MugTo experience the charms of a really fantastic Japanese style coffee house, Kissaten, I urge you to seek out one of the two Teranishi locations in the city center. The morning set is unlike any continental breakfast you have ever had before- signature blend coffee made from beans roasted on premises and giant wedges of homemade buttered toast leave you full yet wanting more!

Kuniyoshi Utagawa Ukiyo-e Exhibition

Triptych of Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, c.1844, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Triptych of Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, c.1844, Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre is just one of many, many beautiful, dramatic and entertaining prints on display at the excellent Utagwawa Kuniyoshi ukiyo-e woodblock print exhibition at the Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum. And this weekend is your last chance to check it out.

Don’t Follow The Wind in Hiroshima

don't follow the wind

‘Don’t Follow the Wind’ is an exhibition inside the restricted radioactive zone surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The ‘exhibition’ began on March 11, 2015, the fourth anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster which triggered the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Yokogawa Zombie Night

yokogawa zombie night

I’m a big fan of zombies, whether they be on screen, in comic books or chasing you in a fun run. When I saw “zombie walks” online, my first thought was, “Cool”. My second, was that zombie events would never fly in Hiroshima, where real walking dead filled the streets in the hours and days after the A-bombing. Yokogawa’s neighborhood shopping district association, though aware of possible unpleasant connotations, has, however, decided to give some of its more eccentric elements free reign and get on the zombie train.

Zombie Season at Yokogawa Cinema


As part of Yokogawa’s Zombie Night festivities in the run up to and over Halloween weekend, the fiercly independent Yokogawa Cinema is showing a bunch of classic and (perhaps) future classic movies featuring the dead that just keep on coming.

Grand parade resurrected after 200 year hiatus


A grand parade to commemorate the death of one of the 3 great unifiers of Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu, once held every 50 years is to be resurrected after a 250 year hiatus.

Hiroden Cafe in Tokyu Hands

Hiroden Cafe

For a few weeks this autumn, Hands Cafe in the Tokyu Hands department store has been all about Hiroshima’s trams.

Hands Cafe

Hands Cafe

Hands Cafe, on the second floor of Tokyu Hands department store on Hiroshima’s “densha dori”, offers some tasty comfort food, great drinks, free WiFi and even some snazzy Mac desktops for use free of charge.

Himalaya Kitchen

himalaya kitchen

Nepalese and Indian dishes made with fresh vegetables (all sourced domestically) and craft beers downtown, around the corner from PARCO.

Ushita Alps Part 1

peace pagoda cosmos from yamane-guchi

Ushita-yama, unsurprisingly, looks over the neighborhood of Ushita in Higashi-ku. The summit is only 261m, but offers nice views over the city and out to Etajima and Miyajima.