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July 2019

Sumiyoshi-san Summer Festival

July 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating until July 17, 2019

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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Wednesday Night Kagura

July 17 @ 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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Miyajima Kangensai

July 19 @ 3:00 pm - 11:55 pm
Itsukushima Shrine, 1-1 Miyajima-cho
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 739-0588 Japan
Free

2018 Kangensai events have been CANCELLED due to incoming typhoon #12.

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Kendama World Cup

July 20 - July 21
Hatsukaichi City Sports Center Sancherry, 6-1-1 Kushido
Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken 738-0033 Japan
Free

Surprisingly exciting event where competitors from around the world do amazing things with this traditional Japanese toy.

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Yoshida Isshin Festival

July 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:10 pm
Yoshida Sports Park, Yoshida-cho
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

2300 fireworks, taiko drumming, dance performances, bon odori dancing and period reenactments. Fireworks 20:50~ Postponed until the following day in the event of rain. See our guide to all the local fireworks displays over the summer here.  

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An Evening of Kagura

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
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¥1000

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

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Onomichi Saturday Night Market

July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Saturday, repeating until July 20, 2019

Onomichi Shoutengai Covered Shopping Arcade Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

Onomichi's Saturday Night Market (doyou-yomise) is as much festival as shopping expedition. On Saturday nights in June and July the town's usually quiet shotengai retro shopping arcade buzzes with people buying nicknacks and playing traditional festival games. It gets particularly colorful from the end of June when the arcade is festooned with tanabata star festival streamers.

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Iwakuni Port Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 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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Nagato Senzaki Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 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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Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 20 @ 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 20 @ 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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Kagura Koshien in Akitakata

July 27 - July 28
Kagura Monzen Touji Mura, Midorichohongo 4627
Akitakata-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-0612 Japan
¥1000
Kagura Koshien in Akitakata

Free bus trip for foreign residents and visitors to a day of Kagura dance in the countryside.

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English Kagura Experience

July 27 @ 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 Tenjin kagura troupe

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

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Onomichi Sumiyoshi Fireworks Festival

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Onomichi Suido Channel (near Sumiyoshi Shrine) Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

13,000 fireworks explode over the Onomichi sea channel.

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Hiroshima Port “Dream” Fireworks Festival

July 27 @ 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

2018 event has been CANCELLED due to incoming typhoon #12.

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August 2019

English Kagura Experience

August 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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.

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A Summer Evening of Prayer & Peace

August 5 @ 6:00 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. All are welcome and there is no charge to participate. You can go wander around the shrines and temples…

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English Kagura Experience

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Momijigari performed by the Uegochi Kagura Troupe

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

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Hiroshima Bon Dance

August 11 @ 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 4:30pm, repeating until August 12, 2019

Site Of The Former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium, 5-44 Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0011 Japan
Free
hiroshima bon dance

Bon-odori are community dances, usually performed around a tall platform from which music plays and people sometimes play instruments and sing, held during the 0-bon festival of the dead, usually held in the middle of August. It is a little known fact that just a year after the A-bombing of Hiroshima, survivors held a bon-odori on the day after the first anniversary of the bombing. This year, on August 11, the event is to be revived and held for the…

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English Kagura Experience

August 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

August 18 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Higashi-Senda Park, 1-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0053 Japan
Free

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 August 25 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 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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English Kagura Experience

August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, 2-22 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
¥1000
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Tsunami-Kagura-Troupe

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

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September 2019

English Kagura Experience

September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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.

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Senda Wasshoi Matsuri Flea Market

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

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 September 23 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 090-9500-6554 between 10am and 6pm and give your name and the date…

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Kangetsu Moon Viewing Tea Ceremony

September 13 @ 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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