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June 2018

Modern Art Revisited

June 2 - July 26
Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1-1 Hijiyama-koen, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0815 Japan

From Dalí and Warhol to Yayoi Kusama, 70 masterpieces of American, European, and Japanese modern art.

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July 2018

Kendama World Cup

July 21 - July 22
Hatsukaichi City Sports Center Sancherry, 6-1-1 Kushido
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 738-0033 Japan
Free

Japanese kids toy, the kendama, has been enjoying something of a boom in popularity in recent years and Hatsukaichi city, which claims to be its birthplace, is working hard to promote it. Part of that effort is the annual Kandama World Cup. Two days of Kendama heaven with stalls, performances, workshops and competitors from around the world aiming to become kendama world champions. Here's a video from last year's event.

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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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Iwakuni Port Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Iwakuni Port, Shinminato-machi
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 740-0002 Japan
Free

2000 blasts at a small (and thus we hear, relatively uncrowded) fireworks festival. Postponed in the event of rain. There are some nice shots of this display from 2014 on this Japanese blog. Access: 15 minutes by bus from Iwakuni JR Station

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Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Habu Port, Habu-cho, Innoshima
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-2323 Japan
Free

2500 bangs packed into 30 minutes with the waters of the Seto Inland Sea and shadows of the surrounding islands as a backdrop on the rural island of Innoshima. The whole display is packed into just half an hour, making for quite some impact. Two blasts selected by popular vote. This is quite far off the beaten track so should be a very local and fun event and international visitors are bound to turn a few heads as they wander…

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Numata Hongo Fireworks Festival

July 21 @ 8:35 pm - 9:00 pm
Hongou Town Hall, Hongo-minami 6-3-10
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-0495 Japan
Free

This now colorful summer festival has somewhat dark origins. It has grown out of an event to mourn the large numbers of people lost due to famine and disease during the great famines of the Tempo Era in the first half of the 19th century. Over time the event turned into a chance for local farmers and farm workers to let off steam once the hard task of rice planting was complete. Today, the festival features a fireworks display of…

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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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Nagato Senzaki Fireworks Festival

July 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Senzaki Port, Senzaki
Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan
Free

A display of 3000 fireworks in Nagao in Yamaguchi Prefecture which attracts about 35,000 people. Postponed until July 23 in the event of rain.

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Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yokohama DeNA Baystars

July 27
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
¥1700

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yokohama DeNA Baystars

July 28
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
¥1700

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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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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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs Urawa Reds

July 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan

J League soccer action at Edion Stadium Hiroshima. Edion Stadium Seating Guide Tickets Seat Advance Gate Reserved seating SS Reserved ¥5300 ¥5900 SA Reserved ¥3700 ¥4300 Free seating Back stand (Adult) ¥2600 ¥3200 Back stand (6-18 years old) ¥1000 ¥1500 Home supporters' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Home supporters' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Visitors' stand(Adult) ¥2100 ¥2600 Visitors' stand(6-18 years old) ¥500 ¥1000 Scroll down to this page to see photos of the view you will get from different sections of…

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Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Suido Channel (near Sumiyoshi Shrine) Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

This display, and the Hamadonya Group which provides the 10,000 fireworks that are used, have been going since the Edo period. In 1741, the recently appointed magistrate of Onomichi, Hirayama Kakuzaemon Naozumi, moved Sumiyoshi Shrine from the Jodoji Temple to Sumiyoshihama on the waterfront protect the port from misfortune. The festival is held in order to wish for the prosperity of business and the safety of sea traffic. There is a colorful parade of boats and the air is filled…

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Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hiroshima Port 10,000 Ton Berth (hiroshima-kou-ichi-man-ton-baasu), Ujina
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Hiroshima city's big fireworks extravaganza. Held in the bay in front of the 10,000 Ton Cruise Ship Berth (ichi-man-ton-baasu) next to Ujina Hatoba Koen near Hiroshima Port, this display is big and loud with around 10,000 bangs for your buck (although it's laid on for free). It's also an hour long. Many (and we mean many) people head down to Ujina, a lot decked out summer yukata to catch the show. Others watch from further afield. Ujina-bashi Bridge with its…

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Kure Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Tsukiji-cho, Kure, Tsukiji-cho
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0822 Japan
Free

An hour long fireworks display in which 4000 fireworks explode above the water and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force ships docked in the port of Kure decorated with lights. Access: 15 minutes walk from Kure JR Station.  

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Hikari Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nijigahama Beach, Nijigahama 2 Chome
Hikari-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 743-0022 Japan
Free

View 3300 fireworks go off over the Seto Inland Sea from Nijigahama Beach in Hikari. Cancelled in the event of bad weather. Access: 5 minutes walk from Hikari JR Station

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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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Akiyoshidai Fireworks Festival

July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Akiyoshidai, Shuhouchou akiyoshi,
Mine, Yamaguchi-ken 754-0511 Japan
¥200

This fireworks and light show in the sky above Akiyoshidai's limestone karst landscape has 18oo blasts and attracts about 60,000 people. One draw is that if you arrive during the day, you can escape the heat in the 17°C limestone caves in the national park. Postponed until the following day in the event of bad weather. Admission: ¥200 (Under 16 free) Access: 43 minutes by bus from JR Shin-yamaguchi Station 25 minutes by bus from JR Mine Station 10 minutes…

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Yokohama DeNA Baystars

July 29
Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
¥1700

Central League pro baseball action at Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium. For seating and ticket details, see our Mazda Stadium Hiroshima Carp Ticket Guide. Read more posts related to the Hiroshima Carp.  

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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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Akitsu Sumiyoshi Festival and Fireworks

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating indefinitely

Mitsuhama, Akitsu-cho
Higashi-hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-2402 Japan
Free

This is a two day festival in the port town of Akitsu which culminates on the second day with a fireworks display over the water and the lighting of a huge man character (万) on a nearby mountainside.

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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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Etajima Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JMSDF the First Service School Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2195 Japan
Free

Summer festival with stalls, stages and bon odori dancing in the grounds of the Self Defence Force naval school on Etajima Island. Fireworks over the water from 8pm.

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Hamakko Summer Festival & Fireworks

August 4 @ 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hamada Fishing Port, Harai-cho
Hamada-shi, Shimane-ken 697-0017 Japan
Free

Iwami kagura performances, street stalls, music and fireworks in Hamada. Fireworks: 20:30-21:15 Access: 10 minutes by bus from Hamada Station

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