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September 2017
¥1000

Marimekko – Design, Fabric, Lifestyle

September 16 - November 26
Fukuyama Museum of Art,
2-4-3 Nishimachi
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima 720-0067 Japan
marimekko exhhibition hiroshima

This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan to introduce Marimekko, a renowned Finnish design house. With over 200 objects including around 50 fabrics, around 60 vintage dresses, designer’s original sketches, and exclusive screen images of their interviews and the printing factory at the Marimekko headquarters in Helsinki, the visitors can experience over 60 years-history of Marimekko, as well as the designers’ unique work and contribution. Admission: Adults: ¥1000 High school and younger free Opening hours: 09:30-17:00 (until 19:00 on…

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November 2017

The Bhutan Exhibition: A Hint to Happiness

November 2 - December 24
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum,
2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
The Bhutan Exhibition: A Hint to Happiness
Free

Hiroshima Dreamination

November 17, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Peace Boulevard and around,
Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan

2 months of thousands and thousands of sparkly, colored LEDs along Peace Boulevard and around the city center. Very popular with young families and dating couples.

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¥260

Autumn leaves illuminated at Shukkei-en Garden

November 17 @ 9:00 am - December 3 @ 9:00 pm
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Daily until November 17, 2018
Shukkeien Garden,
2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan

Photo: © ABB-KBB-DIARY As part of Shukkei-en Garden's annual "Momiji Matsuri" it's maple trees with their red leaves will be lit up until 21:00 each night. There is also a nice Japanese-style cafe serving tea and sake, where you can try dressing up in kimono too. Garden is open 09:00-21:00 Illumination 17:30-21:00 Final admission 20:30  

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Free

Ebisuko Festival

November 18 - November 20
Ebisu Shrine,
5-14 Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0021 Japan
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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¥410

Bihoku Hillside Park Winter Illuminations

November 20 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Daily until January 8, 2018
Bihoku Hillside Park,
1300, Kamiharacho, Shobara-shi, Hiroshima
Shobara, Hiroshima 727-0022 Japan

This expansive park in Shobara is a favorite destination for dating couples looking for a romantic setting and families after some holiday magic. Deep in the countryside, the lights really pop. The 17:30 switch on is pretty cool and the Japanese village area is surprisingly tasteful. Fireworks every Saturday. 2016/2017 Season Opening Times 11/15-1/12 17:30-21:00 (Final admission 20:00) Closed 12/31 Admission: Adult: ¥410 Junior high & elementary school: ¥80 Access: 5-10 minutes from Shobara IC on the Chugoku Expressway More…

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Free

Earth Hiroshima 2017 Collection Launch

November 22
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Once on %1$s
Edion Tsutaya Kaden,
EKICITY, 3-1-1 Matsubara-cho, Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0822 Japan

Earth Hiroshima which brings local creators and manufacturers together to produce unique products is holding a two day event on the 3rd floor of Tustaya Kaden in the Eki City building in front of Hiroshima Station at which they will showcasing 7 new products. Their booth will be open on Wednesday, November 22 from 11:00 to 21:00 and on Thursday November 23 from 10:00 to 21:00. In addition to showing off their new items, the current line up of products…

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¥170

Botanical Gardens Winter Illuminations

November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Sunday that lasts 0 day(s) and 3.5 hour(s), the last of which will begin on December 24, 2017
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens,
495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan

Annual "Pageant of Flower and Light" at Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens in the hills above Itsukaichi held every weekend and national holiday in December. Illuminated dinosaurs Giant Christmas tree candle installation Giant Mt Fuji tableau 11m tall bamboo Christmas tree 20,000 LED "maze of light" Live music concerts Free Shuttle Bus between Itsukaichi Station and the gardens Departs Itsukaichi JR Station North Exit: 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30, 18:55, 19:35 Departs Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens: 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 18:35, 19:15, 20:45,…

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Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs FC Tokyo

November 26
Edion Stadium,
Hiroshima Kouiki-kouen, 5 Ozuka-nishi, Asa-Minami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-3167 Japan
sanfrecce soccer fans at edion stadium in hiroshima

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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December 2017
Free

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

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

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until December 24 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6534 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Free

Hiroshima Minato Marché

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Outdoor market in Ujina held every 1st and 3rd Sunday. Fresh local produce and food stalls.  

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Free

German-style Xmas Market

December 15 - December 17
Urban View Grand Tower,
4-1 Hatchobori Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0012 Japan

3 days of mulled wine, beer, sausage, stollen, music and more at the base of the Urban View Grand Tower.

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¥1000

Dubway

December 15 @ 10:00 pm
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Mugen∞5610,
Atsuma Bldg, 1-3 Yagenbori
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0027 Japan

Heavyweight dub sounds hosted by the Jah Love is Sweeter Sound System and guests at Mugen every 3rd Friday. Regular Selecters Roots&kazuchang Jah山 DJ Ali jah93  

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Free

Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

December 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park,
1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan

Relatively large flea market in Higashi Senda-machi Park next to the old Hiroshima University building. There are also food stalls and live bands performing on a little stage, which help to give the event quite a lively atmosphere. Postponed until December 24 in the event of heavy rain. To sign up to sell at the flea market Call (in Japanese) more than one week prior to the event 090-9500-6534 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Free

New Year at Gokoku Shrine

December 31, 2017 - January 3, 2018
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Gokoku-jinja Shrine in Hiroshima at New Year

December 31 From 17:00 Ooharae-shiki (purification ceremony) & Joya-sai (seeing out the old year festival) From just after 11pm the bell in the main shrine building opens for clanging and the ceremonial sake starts to be served to the first of the over half a million people who will visit over the next few days. 24:00 Shrine maidens dance to welcome the new year. January 1 10:00 Saitansai is a Shinto ritual to mark the beginning of New Year, followed…

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Free

Chinkasai Fire Festival

December 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima,
Mikasa-no-hama, Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, 739-0588 Japan

With most people living in the wooden houses, closely clustered together along narrow streets for centuries, fear of calamitous fires is deeply ingrained in the Japanese psyche. The Chinkasai on Miyajima is an impressive fire appeasing festival held on New Year's Eve. Read more about the Chinkasai Fire Festival here.  

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January 2018

Hiroshige Ukiyo-e Exhibition

January 3, 2018 - February 12, 2018
Hiroshima Museum of Art,
3-2 Motomachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Fukagawa Susaki and Jumantsubo, No. 107 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Exhibition of ukiyo-e woodblock prints to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the great master Hiroshige. This exhibition focuses on Hiroshige's 53 stages of the Tokaido series and the seasons of Edo.

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Play with Ukiyo-e: Children and Toy Ukiyo-e in the Edo period from the Kumon Collection

January 5, 2018 - February 12, 2018
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum,
2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
Play with Ukiyo-e: Children’s and Toy Ukiyo-e in the Edo period from the Collection of Kumon

Kumon Collection: https://www.kumon-ukiyoe.jp/en/

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¥150

Nanakusa-gayu at Tōshō-gū Shrine

January 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Tōshō-gū Shrine,
2-1-18 Futaba-no-sato, Higashi-ku
Hiroshima-shi, 732-0057 Japan

300 bowls of the healthy seven-herb rice porridge traditionally eaten on January 7. Available from 11am until they are all gone (¥150 a bowl). Read more about the Nankusa-no-sekku festival here.  

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Free

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

January 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
A-bomb Dome,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Every year on Seijin-no-hi (Coming Of Age Day), a group of swimmers between the ages of 7 and 70 brave the near freezing water of the Motoyasu River in front of the A-bomb Dome to demonstrate Edo era swimming techniques and welcome the new year. More details here.  

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Free

Sanba Tondo Shinmei Festival, Onomichi

January 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sanba Elementary School,
1630 Sanba-cho
Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 722-0052 Japan

Sanba Shinmei Festival Tondo dates from the 17th centuryand is designated as an Intangible Folklore Cultural Property by the City of Onomichi. Locals bid farewell to and see off the deities who came to visit during the New Year's holiday as they return to the heavens. Men and boys carry tondo towers made of straw and bamboo on their shoulders and, after dancing to music, throw them, along with other New Year's decorations, into a fire, as an offering for…

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Free

Tondo Festival at Gokoku Shrine

January 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gokoku-jinja Shrine,
2-21 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
tondo festival gokoku shrine hiroshima

Big tondo bonfire which lets off some huge snaps, crackles and pops, as well as some powerful heat. The fire fighters who keep things under control look very cool in their traditional gear. This is one tondo festival where you really don't have to worry about looking like a tourist. Read more about Tondo here.

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Free

Momote-sai

January 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miyajima,
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Ritual firing of the first arrow at Omote Shrine on Miyajima is held on January 20 every year. Click here for more info and pics.  

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Free

Hiroshima Ekiden

January 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Unnamed Venue,
Hiroshima-shi, Japan

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. The start and finish is at Peace Park. 2013 Ekiden Instagrammed  

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February 2018
Free

Setsubun-sai at Daisho-in, Miyajima

February 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Daisho-in Temple,
210 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0592 Japan

Every year on February 3 (Setsubun) a few thousand people crowd into the precinct in front of Daisho-in Temple on Miyajima for bean throwing, taiko drumming and to try and grab a bag of lucky mochi chucked into the crowd by lucky men and women, toshi-otoko and toshi-onna, with the same Chinese zodiac sign as that of the coming lunar year. See videos of this event and read more about Setsubun in Hiroshima here.

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