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November 2019

Hiroshima International Film Festival

November 23, 2019 - November 25, 2019
Motomachi Cred Pacela, 6-7-8 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan

3 day film festival with may films from around the world subtitled in English and Japanese. 1 day pass ¥1000 (advance) ¥1500 (door) Lawson Ticket【No L code 63484】 Bilingual schedule English site: http://hiff.jp/en/

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English Kagura Experience

November 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi performed by the Matsubara Kagura Troupe

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

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December 2019

English Kagura Experience

December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
tsuchigumo performed by the higashiyama kagura troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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English Kagura Experience

December 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

December 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima YMCA, 7-11 Hatchobori, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-8523 Japan
¥1000
Momijigari performed by the Uegochi Kagura Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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January 2020

English Kagura Experience

January 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Takiyasha-hime performed by the Tenjin kagura troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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Tondo Festivals

January 12 - January 15
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Burn, baby, burn! New Year decorations and talismans go up in flames on huge bonfires across the region. Read more about Tondo and where you can see the spectacle here.  

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Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome

January 13 @ 10:50 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Mid-winter swim featuring samurai swimming techniques in the river in front of Hiroshima's A-bomb Dome.

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English Kagura Experience

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Katsuragi-zan-performed-by-the-Yachiyo-Kagura-Troupe

Kagura performances with English explanation, subtitles, Q&A and photo session.

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February 2020

Setsubun-sai at Saikoku-ji, Onomichi

February 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saikoku-ji Temple, 29-27 Nishi-kubo-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0044 Japan
Free

Lucky beans, mochi rice cakes, mikan oranges and lucky tickets for prizes thrown out into a large crowd after rituals to banish evil spirits and welcome in good fortune at Saikoku-ji Temple in Onomichi. Read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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Setsubun-sai at Sumiyoshi-jinja

February 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sumiyoshi-jinja Shrine, 5-10 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0813 Japan
Free

Have the smell of 1000 fish heads wafted over you by shrine maidens wielding giant fan to ward off bad luck in this ritual Sumiyoshi Shrine claims to date from Heian times. Read more about and see photos and video of Setsubun at Sumiyoshi Shrine here and more about Setsubun in Hiroshima in general here.  

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Setsubun-sai at Gokoku-jinja

February 3 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine, 2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free

After a cleansing ritual to ward off evil spirits and bring in good luck performed in the shrine building which includes a little bit of bean throwing, the action moves outside and a shrine priest shoots arrows at a big image of an oni demon head. Finally, there is quite a battle to grab bags of lucky beans thrown from the top of a tower erected in the shrine precinct. Some of the bags of beans have lucky tickets attached…

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English Kagura Experience

February 8 @ 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

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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English Kagura Experience

February 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Asakita-Kagura-Troupe

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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Ume-mi Plum Viewing Tea Ceremony

February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600 – ¥800

The over 100 plum trees in Shukkeien Garden that blossom in pink and white in February are tantalizing hints that, even though Hiroshima is still in the grip of winter, spring is on its way. Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the Seifukan tea house or indulge in a cup of sweet amazake in the area where most of the plum trees are clustered.  

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English Kagura Experience

February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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

Spectacularly entertaining local folk art with English language support and great photo opportunities.

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March 2020

[CANCELED] Cherry blossom ’yozakura’ night viewing

March 22 - April 5
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥260

The many varieties of cherry blossom in Shukkei-en Garden illuminated after dark. The garden is open until 9:00pm and admission is until 30 minutes before closing. In 2019 the cherry blossoms are illuminated from March 22 to April 4. See more photos from this beautiful event here.

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[CANCELED] Momo-mi Peach Blossom Viewing Tea Ceremony

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥600
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April 2020

Fire walking ritual at Daishoin Temple

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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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[CANCELED] Kintaikyo Bridge Festival

April 29
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

The annual Kintai Bridge Festival in Iwakuni is an excellent way to kick off your Golden Week.

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May 2020

[Canceled] Takehara Bamboo Festival

May 3 - May 4
Takehara Historical Preservation District, 3 chome, Honmachi
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 725-0022 Japan
Free

Parades and lots of bamboo themed activities and performances in the streets of "bamboo town" Takehara's historical preservation district.  

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[CANCELED] Shinjo no Hayashida Traditional Rice Planting

May 10 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Shinjo, Kita-hiroshima
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 732-0063 Japan
Free

Shinjo's annual rice planting event is less well known than the Mibu-no-hanadaue event held in the neighboring town of Chiyoda at the beginning of June, but its tradition is just as long. The local Provincial Art PreservationCommittee has been working hard to continue the event since 1928, only ceasing activity during wartime. Known as hayashida, the ritual involves the welcoming of the  god of trice fields, sanbai, into the ground. Saotome rice planting maidens plant rice in time to music played on drums and flutes.…

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August 2020

Peace Memorial Ceremony [Entry Restrictions]

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

Special Covid-19 measures are in place for the 2020 memorial ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima A-bombing.

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November 2020

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 komazarae 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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