Good Eats: Okonomimura (Hiroshima)

When in Rome, pizza is a must. And when in Hiroshima, you can't miss out on the local specialty of okonomiyaki. While you can find this "Japanese pancake" nearly everywhere in Japan now, the cities of Hiroshima and Osaka are known for their top quality okonomiyaki and it's always good to try it at the source.... Continue Reading →

Friday Photo: October 2014

Do you ever have those days were the weather is perfect, the light is perfect, and nothing can mess with your travel mojo? My husband had a work commitment in Iwakuni in the middle of October so - along with our daughter - we drove the four hours up to Hiroshima prefecture for what essentially... Continue Reading →

Review: Summer of the Big Bachi

It seems fitting that I review a book this month that deals with a hibakusha, or survivor of the atomic bomb. On August 6th and 9th, Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb drops. (Interestingly enough, just a few weeks prior, the last survivor member of the Enola Gay - the plane that... Continue Reading →

5 Faves: Budget Ryokan

In case you missed it, one of this month's posts was a Crash Course on ryokan. The first year I lived in Japan, my husband and I loved to head out from Tokyo and explore the countryside. Not wanting to just have the same humdrum experience time and again of staying in a hotel, we... Continue Reading →

Experience: Listening to a Hibakusha

The Hiroshima Peace Museum is a worthwhile visit in its own right but for me, the most moving moment of my visit there a few years ago was the chance to listen to a hibakusha tell his story. Hibakusha is the Japanese word for those who survived the atomic bombing of either Hiroshima or Nagasaki... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Sixty-seven years ago on August 6th, the city of Hiroshima, Japan, woke up to a day that seemed like any other. By 8:15am, however, the unthinkable had occurred and Hiroshima's residents became the victims of the world's first atomic bombing. Whatever your beliefs on the motive behind the bombing (was it necessary? was it overkill?... Continue Reading →

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