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December 2019

Wednesday Night Kagura

December 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 25, 2019

Hiroshima Prefectural Citizen’s Culture Center, 1-5-3 Otemachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0051 Japan
¥1200
Momijigari performed by the Uegochi Kagura Troupe

Join local kagura fans for two performances of this spectacular folk art.

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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

Beat Institute

January 4 @ 11:30 pm - 5:00 am
Bar Edge, B1F 8-15 Nagarekawa-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0028 Japan
¥2000
beat institute nightlife dj event in hiroshima japan flyer

DJs KZA (Force of Nature) Iyo The Magic Susu (Sleepyeye) Daiji (Sleepyeye) Admission: ¥2000

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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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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

January 12 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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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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Emperor’s Cup Inter Prefectural Men’s Ekiden

January 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue Hiroshima-shi, Japan
Free

Teams from all 47 prefectures battle it out in this annual 48km road relay on an out-and-back course between Hiroshima Peace Park and Miyajima-guchi.

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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

Hiroshima Import Automobile Show

February 1 - February 2
Green Arena, Naka-ku
Hiroshima city, Japan
¥1300

Fancy and vintage cars on display at the annual Hiroshima import car show at in Green Arena. Open 10:00-18:00 on Saturday and 10:00-17:00 on Sunday. Entry is free of charge for under 16s. Photos from the 2015 event here. http://importcar-hiroshima.com/

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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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Mihara Daruma Festival (Shinmei-ichi)

February 7 - February 9
North side of JR Mihara Station, 1-1-1 Shiromachi
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
mihara daruma festivaln in japan

During the 3-day Mihara Daruma Festival the streets are taken over by stalls selling lucky daruma dolls and every kind of festival food you can imagine. The pride of Mihara is also on display, the nation's biggest daruma doll which weighs in at a couple of hundred kilograms. Read and see more photos from the "Daruma Festival" here.  

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HPAR 2020: Exhibition of art by people with disabilities

February 8 - February 16
Machizukuri Shimin Koryu Plaza, 6-36 Fukuromachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0036 Japan
Free

Local special needs school, Hull Pong, hosts an exhibition for artworks created by people with disabilities. Admission: Free Open: 10:30 (11:00 on the first day) - 18:30 Sponsors: Hiroshima City / Certified NPO Corporation Community Leader Hull Pong

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Miyajima Oyster Festival

February 8 - February 9
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Serving up oyster stew at the Miyajima Oyster Festival.jpg

One of Miyajima's specialities is oyster, and every year on the second weekend in February, some of the juiciest are served up at rock bottom prices. Also traditional taiko drumming performances on the Sunday. Held in front of the ferry terminal on Miyajima so you can't miss it. 10:00-15:00 Read in more detail about this festival here and get the low down on all the oyster festivals in the region here.  

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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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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

February 9 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

The biggest and most regular flea market in Hiroshima, held once a month in Higashi Senda Park, has stalls, music and a bit of a festival atmosphere.

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Talk + Walk at A-bombed Deshio Warehouses

February 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
A-bombed Deshio Army Clothing Warehouses, 2 Chome-4 Deshio, Minami Ward, Hiroshima
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 734-0001 Japan

The Deshio Warehouses are Hiroshima's biggest surviving A-bombed buildings. They look strong as they were built more than 100 years ago with reinforced concrete on the inside and red brick on the outside. You can see the damage the building withstood from the Atomic blast by the iron doors along the side of the building which are bent and damaged. Unfortunately, despite their unique appeal and historical legacy, the Hiroshima government plans to pull them down. I hope we can…

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Yokogawa Valentine’s Fireworks Event

February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Around Yokogawa Station and Yokogawa Shopping Arcade, Yokogawa-cho, Nishi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

For anyone looking for something fun to do on Valentine's Day, why not join the annual Valentine's Day fireworks event held in the Yokogawa area of Hiroshima city. The event will be held next to the Yokogawa Ebisu Shrine along the riverside where everyone can enjoy watching heart-shaped fireworks launch into the sky.  It's free to come and watch the fireworks, there will also be some food booths, Valentine's activities, and a festival-type atmosphere to enjoy starting from 5:30. For…

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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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Monsters of Rock

February 22 @ 10:00 pm - 5:00 am
Sea Cake Style, 3F Okiya Bldg, 8-30 Nagarekawa-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

DJs Matt, Ante and Eiji rocking out at Sea Cake Style.

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Talk with A-bomb Survivors in English

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Held on the 6th, 16th and 26th of every month.
Social Book Cafe Hachidori-sha, 2-43, Dobashi-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0854 Japan
Free
Talk with Hiroshima A-bomb survivors in English

A valuable opportunity to talk with A-bomb survivors in English.

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