Hiroshima

Okunoshima, the Rabbit Island of Cuteness near Hiroshima!

If you are aware of Japan’s history, you would know that the island of Okunoshima was a place where Japanese manufactured tons of poison gas during the World War II. You would dread to step on the island due to its history. But things have changed since then. The island now offers tons of CUTENESS!…

5 Natural Dangers in Japan You Should Be Aware Of

With Japan’s murder and crime rate being incredibly low, Japan is often named one of the safest countries in the world. Despite having a more or less peaceful population, there are other dangers luring in the land of the rising sun: it’s natural disasters! Judging from that point of view of “shizen saigai” (自然災害, natural…

The Kumanofude Contribution to the Japanese Animation Industry

Kumano Brushes For Anime I have introduced, before, the types of Kumanofude brushes, the shop and its place in the make-up industry. There is also another main value that was attributed to the reputation of the Kumanofude brushes by the Ghibli Studios. As most of you know, Studio Ghibli is renowned worldwide as one of…

Daruma doll: Make your own good luck charm!

Throughout any journey across Japan, many visitors will likely come across the Daruma doll. Typically small and red, they are oval shaped dolls sporting a wide-eyed look of surprise. There are many variations of Daruma and one will also find that different regions have applied their own unique look and feel to the doll. Of…

The Most Common Materials Used in Japanese Kumanofude Brushes

Kumanofude tau-hiroshima.jp/ I would like to tell you about one of the traditional Japanese crafts that has made itself known to the world. Kumanofude is a type of brush that is made in the town of Kumano in Hiroshima prefecture. The skills required to create a Kumanofude have been passed down from the Edo Period…

Hiroshima, Memorials of Pacific War victims

Looking Back at the History of the City i.dailymail.co.uk/ Maybe some of you have already heard about Hiroshima as one of the biggest cities in Japan. Yes, as a city, Hiroshima has a strong historical meaning for Japan. As you may know, in the pacific war 1945, this city was bombed by US by atomic…

Shimanami Kaido: A Scenic ride from Honshu to Shikoku

If you’ve travelled Japan a lot then you’ve probably spent a lot of time near the sea. This slim country with over 2000 islands has a lot of coastline to cover and nearly all of the major cities are on a coast. However, one of the most beautiful and rewarding ways to enjoy this is…

Bunny Island: the Cutest Island There Ever Was!

Okunoshima Wouldn’t you agree that bunnies are extremely cute? Well whether you do or you don’t, you must visit this so-called Rabbit Island! jp.fotolia.com/ The island is actually named Okunoshima, it is very small and it is located in Hiroshima prefecture. It’s called Rabbit Island simply because quite large number of rabbits live there. These…

Miyajima, the land of Gods and humans

Officially named Itsukushima (厳島), Miyajima is an island in the western Inland Sea of Japan (Seto Naikai), located northwest of Hiroshima prefecture. It is also known as the sacred island, literally meaning the Shrine Island, where visitors can sense the harmony between humans and nature. Not only for all those, who are looking for spiritual…

Great experience; Jinrikisha (rickshaw, 人力車) [Part 2]

In the previous article, we introduced how you can enjoy jinrikisha. Now we will introduce where you can enjoy it! Relevance:Great experience; Jinrikisha (rickshaw, 人力車) [Part 1] Arashiyama(Kyoto) You can enjoy beautiful and well-known bamboo forest, many temples, beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) in spring and momiji (golden leaves) in autumn here. Basically you can take…