Going to Miyajima? Don’t Miss This Famous Buddhist Temple!

Popularly known as the Island of the Gods, Miyajima is regarded as one of the most scenic places you can find in Japan. It is rich in virgin forests, well-preserved shrines and temples, and historical monuments. It is said that Daihonzan Daisho-in (大本山大聖院) is the oldest temple on the island, and it can be found…

10 Things to Do That Will Make Your Trip to Hiroshima Worthwhile!

Have you ever traveled to Japan particularly in Hiroshima? I personally haven’t been but I’m so much looking forward to visiting that majestic place someday! Here is a list compiled by Japan Lover Me containing the top ten things to do in Hiroshima! 1. Visit Miyajima Island jp.fotolia.com/ Miyajima Island is an island located in…

Appreciate Japanese Nature at the ‘Shrunken-Scenery Garden’ in Hiroshima!

There are so many historic gardens around Japan but only a few offers miniature garden landscapes. One of these is called Shukkeien (縮景園), which literally means “shrunken-scenery garden” in English. It was constructed in 1620 under the order of Asano Nagaakira (浅野長晟), a Japanese samurai, in order to serve as a villa for his family.…

A Lovely Visit to Hiroshima: the Past, the Present, and the Okonomiyaki!

This month, I had an opportunity to take a trip to see some of Japan I had yet to travel to – Hiroshima, Iwakuni, and Miyajima. The weather was promising and I was eager to see some mountains and get out of the flat farming land in my prefecture. I didn’t know exactly what to…

Hoping For Peace: the Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) and Obama’s Speech

On Friday, May 27th, Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima after the US dropped the bomb there nearly 71 years ago. In his speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, he called for a “moral revolution” and a world free from the threat of nuclear warfare. He mentioned the surviving…

4 Reasons You Need to Visit the Japan Heritage City of Onomichi!

When you think of Japanese cities, what names come to mind? Tokyo? Kyoto? Osaka? Or possibly Hokkaido or Okinawa? However, from North to south and east to west, Japan is a country stretching over about 3,000 kilometers with 47 prefectures and is divided into around 1,700 municipal districts, towns, and villages. In other words, Japan…

Explore Japan’s Naval History and the Inside of a Real Submarine in Hiroshima!

Japan has a long maritime history of various naval interactions among different nations. In the Warring States Period, feudal lords started competing for supremacy that they built several hundreds of warships. However, when Japan was defeated in World War II, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was formally created which was tasked with the naval…

A Brief on Yamato’s Great History as One of the Most Powerful Battleships in Japan

Japan has a profound history of the Japanese military that it has even dedicated one museum for wartime exhibits. Among the exhibits is a large model of the battleship known as “Yamato” which is considered as one of the most powerful battleships ever constructed. However, with several sea trials, the ship didn’t survive the war.…