Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt VI: Okonomiyaki, Tennis & Dog Walking!

Way back at the start of the Golden Week I had a day with my parents-in-law before my wife arrived in Hiroshima. As mentioned back in part I of this epic series I wrote about going to the baseball with them … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt V: A Day In The Bordering Prefecture

Hiroshima-ken shares borders with Okayama, Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures and the more we visit the in-laws the more chances there are to go beyond Hiroshima and visit some new places. Back in May 2013 we went to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt IV: Tomonoura Music Video Locations + Other Sights

Is this really happening? You better believe it! Filming locations without any prejudice is very much the ethos of Tokyo Fox. Japanese idol girl group AKB48 are everywhere in Japan but apart from the name I wouldn’t know or recognise any of … Continue reading

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Tomonoura Filming Locations – Ponyo (2008)

This small fishing port in Fukuyama City was indeed brought to my attention thanks to its role in the sixth X-Men movie but whilst searching for the locations of those scenes I saw an article saying that Tomonoura was where the Wolverine and … Continue reading

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Tomonoura Filming Locations – The Wolverine (2013)

My main reason for only taking the Shinkansen as far as Fukuyama (rather than just going directly to my final destination of Hiroshima) was not only to see the station locales used in ‘The Wolverine‘ (2013) but also to continue the filming … Continue reading

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Fukuyama Filming Locations – The Wolverine (2013)

The sixth film in the X-Men franchise paid little respect for distance and time as the movie zig-zagged its way across Tokyo and then south to Nagasaki. However, no filming actually took place in the city which will always be … Continue reading

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Fukuyama Filming Locations – Kamichu! (2005)

Whilst doing my research on Fukuyama I came across the 2005 Japanese animation ‘Kamichu!’ which, though mainly based on real-life locations in Onomichi, also briefly featured an episode in Fukuyama. The actual name wasn’t referenced for it was just “a … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt III: Okunoshima (a.k.a. Rabbit Island)

This small island located in the Inland Sea of Japan has grown in fame during the last twelve months at a quite staggering rate and its present fame has been heightened by appearances on a BBC2 nature programme (watch it … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt II: My First J-League Game For A While

It wasn’t just live baseball that I saw in Hiroshima-ken this Golden Week as I also took the opportunity to see the 2012 J-League champions Sanfrecce Hiroshima play against Vegalta Sendai at the 50,000 seater Edion Stadium last Saturday.    The weather was glorious … Continue reading

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Hiroshima-ken 2015 Pt I: Live Baseball At The Mazda Stadium

For this years Golden Week holiday I’ve based myself in Hiroshima at my in-laws house and will be travelling around Hiroshima prefecture a bit. As I was in Hiroshima a day before my wife joined us I thought it would be … Continue reading

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