How’s about this rain hey? Well, actually, no, that’s not what most of us have been asking or saying here in Hiroshima. It involves far more colourful language and none of it is positive. Combined with fluctuating temperatures, it’s causing all sorts of problems, particularly with people who have allergies. More to the point though, it seems to get worse on the weekends, which means all the plans for fun and adventure everyone has had, need to be cancelled. Overall, it’s just making everyone feel lousy and depressed.
Especially, since when I did a Google search of things to do on a rainy day I only got hits for things in Tokyo. Not cool Hiroshima. Actually, let’s not blame Hiroshima, there are things to do but no one has been bothered to compile a list. So, I got busy and decided to do it for everyone, but mostly for myself so I don’t stay at home and continue to wallow in misery.
When it’s raining in Tokyo there are literally tons of things you can do (just try doing a Google search!) But when it comes to Hiroshima, there is nothing. Nothing on Google, I mean, not nothing to do. And I/we should know because it’s been raining for weeks here. Or at least, that’s how it seems.
What can you do apart from sitting at home in your apartment watching endless YouTube clips?
Well, here are just a few suggestions. Please note that these do involve leaving the comfort of your home and may involve getting a tad wet, even with your umbrella, which you must take, of course.
I’ve separated these into different categories depending on your interests.
Art and History Lovers:
Family ideas (for those with kids):
Source: Trends in Japan
Students in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, have created dinosaur sculptures using rice straw from farmers affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
There are six straw dinosaurs on display. The biggest is a stegosaurus that measures a whopping six meters. Visitors brave enough can even climb inside the mouth of the stegosaurus sculpture. The exhibition in Sendai continues until December 3rd.
It is also not the first time that art has been used as a way to draw attention to the region of northeast Japan that were afflicted by the 2011 disaster. Earlier this year, the Reborn-Art Festival was held in Tohoku areas of Ishonomaki and Oshika from July to September.
Image via Sankei
The clang of brass bells is the Kiso Road’s soundtrack. On this trail, hikers are encouraged to rent a bell to scare off bears. The Kiso Road, or Kisoji, runs alongside Japan’s Central Alps. It’s been chronicled since 701AD, but its prominence soared in the Edo period (1603-1868) when it merged with the Nakasendo, a major highway joining Kyoto and Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Walking the Nakasendo Road from Magome to Tsumago
Juku post towns like Magome and Tsumago thrived on the passing trade. Daimyo lords and samurai on mandatory biennial trips to the Edo shogunate, pilgrims, monks, merchants, peddlers, entertainers and holidaying folk formed a motley parade.
Juku post town Magome
Magome’s and Tsumago’s fortunes fell in the late 1800s. From the 1960s, locals restored their romantic feudal townscapes which continue to lure tourists today. Wires and electric poles, concrete structures and advertising billboards are hidden or banned.
The sloping street of Magome
Magome means “horse basket” as travellers once had to leave their horses at inns before the steep path. The town is a sloped street with wood and plaster buildings and wood plank roofs held with stones.
Traditional dango rice dumpling skewer snack stall
Walking on the Kisoji of the Nakasendo Way
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One of festival is held in Hiroshima from TODAY (November 18th)
It is called Ebisuko or Ebessan (Festival)!!
If you have any chance to travel in Hiroshima, come visit us and go there 🙂
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