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July 2018

English Kagura Experience

July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Naka-kawado Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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Yoshida Isshin Festival

July 21 @ 8:50 pm - 9:10 pm
Yoshida Sports Park, Yoshida-cho
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

2400 fireworks, taiko drumming, dance performances, bon odori dancing and period reenactments. Fireworks 20:50~ See our guide to all the local fireworks displays over the summer here.

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Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until July 27, 2018

Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan
Free

Sumiyoshi-san, along with the Tokasan and Ebessan festivals, is one of Hiroshima city's big three annual shrine festivals that have long histories. Sumiyoshi Shrines are dedicated to water gods and Sumiyoshi Shrine is located right next to the river in Sumiyoshi-cho on Route 2. It's a real local festival and the neighborhood streets are lined with the usual festival food and game stalls. Many people visit the shrine over the two days to pray for good health and good fortune.…

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English Kagura Experience

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Tsuchigumo performed by the Kinsho Kagura-dan

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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Kinoe Jyushichi Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kinoe Port, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

A 5000 blast fireworks display 20:30, brings a day of traditional boat racing to a close.

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English Kagura Experience

July 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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August 2018

English Kagura Experience

August 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Jinrin performed by the Kawakita Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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A Summer Evening of Prayer & Peace

August 5 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Futaba-no-sato Walk of History, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

On the night of August 5, the string of temples and shrines in Futaba-no-sato, originally constructed to protect the castle town of Hiroshima from misfortune that was said to come from the inauspicious northeast direction, are illuminated by candles and decorated with flowers to comfort the souls of the victims of the A-bombing and to wish for peace throughout the world. There are several cultural events scheduled at some of the temples and the event coincides with a local summer…

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Peace Memorial Ceremony

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Peace Memorial Park, 1-2 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
Free

The Peace Memorial Ceremony is held each year in memory of the victims of the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15am on August 6, 1945. On this occasion, those who lived through the event as well as those who lost loved ones play a special part in the proceedings. People of all ages from Hiroshima, throughout Japan and the around the world, as well as a number of Japanese and overseas dignitaries, gather in front of the cenotaph in the…

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Lantern Floating Ceremony

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Motoyasu River, 1-1 Nakajima-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0811 Japan
¥600

Every year on the evening of August 6 thousands of people make their way to banks of the Motoyasu River that runs below the Atomic Bomb Dome , bordering the Peace Memorial Museum. Here they set colorful paper lanterns bearing personal appeals for peace and to, once more, commemorate those who lost their lives in the bombing, many of whom took their final painful breaths before succumbing to their injuries in this stretch of water. Everyone is welcome, and encouraged,…

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English Kagura Experience

August 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the higashiyama kagura troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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English Kagura Experience

August 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamauba performed by the Yasuno Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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Higashino Sumiyoshi Festival

August 13 @ 11:15 am - 8:45 pm
Shiramizu Port, Osakikamijima-cho
Toyota-gun, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Seaside festival with traditional boat racing and other events. The boats lit with lanterns that reflect in the water around the port is said to look lovely. Fireworks 20:15-20:45

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Yanai Goldfish Lantern Festival

August 13 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Yanai, Chuo
Yanai-shi,
Free

The route from Yanai Station to the Kanaya old quarter, with its many traditional white-walled storehouses, is decorated with over 2000 red and white paper goldfish lanterns are decorated in town. There are giant goldfish lantern floats, lantern dances, and, of course, a big fireworks display to round everything off. Fireworks: 20:45-21:00

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English Kagura Experience

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Yoshida Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session at Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum.

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September 2018

Respect for the aged tea ceremony

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan

Abbual keiro-chakai to commemorate Respect for the Aged Day at Shukkei-en Garden in Hiroshima City Center. You're kind of supposed to be a bit on the "experienced" side of things to participate.

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Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

September 24 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥800
moon viewing tea ceremony at shukkei-en garden © Shukkei-en Garden

The end of September is the time for "moon viewing" or kangetsu in Japan and a moon viewing tea ceremony is held in Shukkei-en Garden annually at this time. ¥800 for the (more formal) tea ceremony in a tea house (honseki) ¥600 to take tea in the gardens (nodate) The garden admission fee is also required (adults ¥260) and the garden is open to until 9pm. The neighboring Prefectural Art Museum where the Da Vinci exhibition is currently showing also has…

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November 2018

Onomichi Betcha Festival

November 1 - November 3
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

When, in 1808, plague was sweeping through the porttown of Onomichi, the lord in control at the time ordered local shrines to perform purification rights in an attempt to ward of the disease. The rights were to be performed over 3 days and two nights and, in addition, an omokoshi portable shrine was carried through the streets with young men dressed a lion and three demons named beta, shouki and soba at the head of the procession.   Today, a…

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Chrysanthemum Tea Ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600 - ¥800

As the annual chrysanthemum viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden is held on the November 3 Bunka-no-hi or "Culture Day" holiday, entrance to the garden is free. You can experience a tea ceremony in the beautiful Seifukan tea house or opt for the more relaxed outdoor setting. There is also large ornamental chrysanthemum display. Photo: © Shukkei-en Garden

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Ritual Fire-walking at Daigan-ji Temple, Miyajima

November 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Daigan-ji Temple, 3 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0535 Japan
Free
Daigan-ji Temple firewaalking ritual Miayjima Hiroshima

Impressive and elaborate ritual that culminates in priests and members of the public rushing across hot coals in front of Daigan-ji Temple, located at the exit from Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima. For more about and photos and video of this fire-walking ritual click here.

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Momiji Maple Viewing Tea Ceremony

November 11 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1500
momiji tea ceremony shukkei-en garden in hiroshima japan

Momiji maple viewing tea ceremony at Shukkei-en Garden. ¥260 garden entrance fee also required. Photo: ©Shukkei-en Garden  

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Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

November 15 @ 11:00 am
Daisho-in Temple, 210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan
Free

Photo: Lance Cpl. Benjamin Pryer "Hi-watari-shiki" Fire walking ritual takea place at Daishoin Temple on Miyajima twice a year on April 15 and November 15. Readings from the 8000 verse Perfection of Wisdom Sutra begin at 11am and extravagant Saito-goma rituals begin around 1pm in the temple forecourt with a purification offering to the alter and the chanting of sutras. This is followed by two Buddhist monks circling the area with swords and then shooting 7 arrows into the air…

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Ebisuko Festival

November 18 - November 20
Ebisu Shrine, 5-14 Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0021 Japan
Free
Ebsuko Festival

Ebisu Shrine's autumn festival marks the arrival of winter in Hiroshima. Known among locals as Ebessan after the god of commerce, surrounding stores hold sales and buy komazadare bamboo rakes adorned with gold coins and atreasure ship. You might here business owners complain that the whole thing is a racket, but you won't see a shop, restaurant or bar in the area without one. A huge barrel with mouth wide open is placed in front of the shrine to receive offerings. Learn more…

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January 2019

Firewalking ritual at Saikoku-ji Temple, Onomichi

January 8, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saikoku-ji Temple, 29-27 Nishi-kubo-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0044 Japan
Free

Goma Ritual burning of cedar sticks followed by fire walking. Members of the public set themselves up for a fortuitous year by taking part in the fire walking for a charge of ¥1500 which includes a headband and gohei staff with pleated streamers.  

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