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February 2020

English Kagura Experience

February 15, 2020 @ 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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English Kagura Experience

February 22, 2020 @ 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

Hiroshima Flower Expo: Hana-no-wa

March 19, 2020 - August 16, 2020
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
hiroshima flower expo

8-month-long flower expo in Hiroshima city center.

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[CANCELED] Cherry blossom ’yozakura’ night viewing

March 22, 2020 - April 5, 2020
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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April 2020

[CANCELED] Onomichi Port Festival

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020
Onomichi Onomichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The construction of Onomichi Port was started in 1740 thanks to the efforts of Kakuzaemon Hirayama and it was this port that became the keystone of Onomichi's development. The Minato Festival (“minato” means “port”), sponsored by the Hirayama Shrine, is one of Onomichi's biggest events of the year and includes a parade and many other events. The highlight is the "E-jan sansa-gari" group dance contest (have a listen to the music they have to dance to here - it sounds…

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[Canceled] Kure Port Festival

April 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Kure City Center Kure-shi,
Free

Every year on April 29 some of the neighboring city of Kure's main streets (centered on Kuramoro-dori St) are closed for parades, stages and, of course, lots of food and drink stalls Kure Minato Matsuri or Kure Port Festival. Two things that jump out are a local beer festival (Kure's navy beer wins many craft beer awards) and a yacht race in the harbor. The parade starts at 14:00.  

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May 2020

[CANCELED] Hiroshima Flower Festival

May 3, 2020 - May 5, 2020
Peace Boulevard and around, Peace Boulevard
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 730-0037 Japan
Free

Hiroshima's biggest annual event, drawing in many more people than even the August 6 memorial day, the annual Flower Festival was inspired by the celebrations that followed the Hiroshima Carp's first championship in 1975. Crowded, noisy, high in kitsch and overtly commercial, it does, however, pull in tens of thousands of people from near and far, and many of them do seem to have a pretty good time. In addition to all the parades, pop bands, tarento celebrities, comedians and…

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[CANCELED] Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival

May 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tomo-no-ura, Tomo, Tomo-cho
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0201 Japan
Free

Tomo Bentenjima Fireworks Festival in the quaint port town of Tomo-no-ura  kicks off the summer's fireworks festivals in the Chugoku region. 90min of fireworks over the water silhouetting picturesque Benten Island. Photo: Hiroshima Prefecture

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June 2020

Toukasan Yukata Festival

June 5, 2020 - June 7, 2020
Tōkasan Enryu-ji Temple, 8-12 Mikawa-cho
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Singer Minami Issei in Shintenmchi Park at Tokasan yukata festival in hiroshima, japan

Hiroshima really comes alive over the three nights of Tōkasan - a festival that really does feel "festive".  Join the 300,000 people who will be donning their yukata for the first time this year who take over Chuo-dori and environs to promenade, play festival games like fish scooping, buy strange inflatable novelties and stuff their faces with equally strange stuff on sticks. As well as parades and summer bon dancing, there will be taiko drumming and other performances on stages…

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July 2020

[CANCELED] Innoshima Suigun Fireworks Festival

July 25, 2020 @ 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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November 2020

River Do! Hiroshima River Festival

November 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Motomachi POP’La Dōri (Central Beach), Chuo-koen-nishigawa-kashi-rokuchi, Motomachi, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
River Do! Hiroshima River Festival.jpg

Come down to the River Do! River City Festival on the grassy riverbank next to Chuo Park between 10am and around 6pm on November 8.

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December 2020

Online Winter Kagura Festival DAY 2

December 22, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free
Yamata-no-orochi-performed-by-the-Tsunami-Kagura-Troupe

The second of three nights of English-subtitled kagura broadcasts where you can enjoy the thrill and excitement of Hiroshima Kagura in real-time, online.

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Online Winter Kagura Festival DAY 3

December 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Free

The third and final of three nights of English-subtitled kagura broadcasts where you can enjoy the thrill and excitement of Hiroshima Kagura in real-time, online.

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Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Take out also available with advance reservation.

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Christmas Dinner at Molly Malone’s

December 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Molly Malone’s, 1-20 Shintenchi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima-shi
Hiroshima, Hiroshima-ken 730-0034 Japan
¥3000

3 course Christmas dinner at Molly Malone's on December 24th & 25th.  Take out also available with advance reservation.

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January 2021

Dezomeshiki Firefighters Expo [CANCELED]

January 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Central Park- Chuo Koen, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city (opposite side of the road from the Castle on one side and on the other Green Arena)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Japan
Free

Watch the firefighters display their skill, see their fire engines and helicopters in action.

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Mid-winter Swim in front of the A-bomb Dome [CANCELED]

January 11 @ 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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Kintai Bridge Tondo Festival

January 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

The tondo New Year bonfire festival held on the banks of the river next to Kintai Bridge in Iwakuni is very accessible and visitors are made to feel very welcome. 

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February 2021

Orchid Festival

February 20 - February 28
Hiroshima City Botanical Gardens, 495, Kurashige 3-chome, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima, Hiroshima 731-5156 Japan
¥510

Annual orchid festival at Hiroshima Botanical Gardens.

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March 2021

Hiroshima Carp vs Yakult Swallows Preseason Game

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until March 7, 2021

Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
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Hiroshima Carp prepare for the new season at their home ground of Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium against the Yakult Swallows.

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Hiroshima Carp vs Nippon Ham Fighters Preseason Game

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until March 14, 2021

Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
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¥2000

Hiroshima Carp prepare for the new season at their home ground of Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium against the Nippon Ham Fighters.

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp vs Softbank Hawks Preseason Game

March 21 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 2:00pm, repeating indefinitely

Mazda “Zoom Zoom” Stadium, 2-3-1 Minami-Kaniya, Minami-ku,
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 732-0803 Japan
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Hiroshima Carp prepare for the new season at their home ground of Mazda "Zoom Zoom" Stadium against 2020 Japan Series champions Fukuoka's Softbank Hawks.

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Cherry blossoms illuminated at Shukkei-en Garden

March 22 - April 1
Shukkeien Garden, 2-11 Kaminobori-cho, Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0014 Japan
Standard garden admission fee

Shukkeien Garden's annual illumination of its beautiful sakura cherry blossoms returns with COVID-19 precautions in place.

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April 2021

Bill Harley Children’s Concert in English

April 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:30pm, repeating indefinitely

Aster Plaza, 4-17, Kako-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0812 Japan
¥1000

Bill Harley, a two-time Grammy-winning children’s musician from the United States, plays a benefit concert in Aster Plaza's Chuo Hall. You can listen to many of his works on https://musiccritic.com or on other platforms like Youtube and Spotify. All of the money from ticket sales, as well as additional contributions made at the venue, will be donated to the “Kasumi Family House,” a project to build a “family house” near Hiroshima University Hospital for families with children who are hospitalized…

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May 2021

[Canceled] MCAS Iwakuni Friendship Day

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
MCAS Iwakuni US Marine Base Iwakuni-shi, Yamahuchi-ken 740-8555 Japan
Free

In May of every year, the gates of MCAS Iwakuni US Marine base opens up its gates to over 250,000 visitors who come for the entertainment, games, aerial and static displays, car and motorbike show and one of Japan's largest air shows. And, of course, the food. Friendship Day on the website Friendship Day MCAS Iwakuni Facebook Page Visitors who are not Japanese citizens are required to bring either a residence card or passport and to fill a questionnaire prior…

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