Monday, April 21, 2014

Moooo! Bar on the beach open for Golden Week!

The Moooo! Bar on the beach will be open for Golden Week. We'll open April 27 and stay open until May 6. The bar will then close until June, in which we'll open on weekends only. July and August we'll be open every day. Come join the herd! The moogaritas are waiting for you on Shiraishi Island...

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Spring on Shiraishi Island #japan

Sunset from the Shriaishi International Villa last night...

The cherry blossoms have almost gone and the warmer wheather is creeping into the island houses day by day. People are once more outside tending their vegetable gardens, going for walks and sitting on the engawa of their traditional Japanese houses. Spring time on the island is idyllic! 

There is an Orienteering event on the island April 20, which means they're clearing parts of the Shiraishi Pilgrimage for it. Lucky you! This year there will be even more of the pilgrimage trail available for hiking. In addition, we have two pilgrimage clean-ups organized (April 27 and May 11) in which we ask volunteers to come help us keep the pilgrimage tradition alive here on the island. Of course, the regular hiking course is always maintained and gives you excellent views of the Seto Inland Sea year-round. The ancient pilgrimage route appeals to those more interested in Japan's history and Buddhist culture. Speaking of Buddhist culture, also on April 20 is the Spring Kobo Daishi Festival at the island temple. See description at

The international villa is also filling up quickly, perhaps due to the fine weather. May 17 and July 5 are fully booked and there is just one room left on the following dates: May 10, 11 July 9, 10. For reservations, contact us at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com.

Hope to see you this spring on the island!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Shiraishi Island International Villa under New Management

 Shiraishi International Villa sits on a hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea

Shiraishi Island's most popular accommodation is under new management as of April 1, 2014. Amy and Paul from the Moooo! Bar will be taking reservations and managing the International Villa for 2014 and beyond.

We take off our hats to Kazu-chan, the former manager who steps down March 31. She successfully made this lodging a favorite destination for foreign travellers and expats alike for the past 20 years. Her loyal customer base comes back to Shiraishi Island and the International Villa again and again. Thank you Kazu-chan!

Whereas previously reservations and management were two separate entities, Amy and Paul aim to make the popular Villa even more comfortable for guests by offering them a seamless experience from booking their reservations to looking after guests once they arrive.

 Relax and take in the views of the sea from the deck of the International Villa

The International Villa fills up fast for the summer months, so please secure your reservation as soon as possible by contacting Amy at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com (Reservations for the Villa can now be made up to 6 months in advance).

Note: The International Villa is already fully booked for July 9 and 10.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Cherry Blossom Viewing on Shiraishi Island, Okayama #japan

It's March in Japan and you know what that means--it's almost time for cherry blossom season! This year San-chan's cherry blossom party will be held on Shiraishi on April 6 (Sunday) starting at noon. The price is 3,500 yen per person, all you can eat and drink! More information on their Facebook Page.

Shiraishi has an amazing collection of cherry blossom trees located in the side of the mountain affording spectacular views of the Inland Sea. Add to that our colorful cast of characters (Man-chan, Kio-chan & Co.), and it's truly a one-of-a-kind party.

The view from the cherry blossom site, Shiraishi Island

While you're out and enjoying the spring weather and cherry blossoms on, why not stay overnight at the International Villa? For just 3,500 yen per person, you can relax and enjoy your island time in style. For reservations, contact us at Shiraishi Reservations: shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Shiraishi Island, 2014

Welcome to 2014, sure to be another mooing year at the Moooo! Bar on Shiraishi Island. It's still pretty cold here, but we're starting to get summer reservations in for the International Villa and San-chan is in the throes of planning the annual Cherry Blossom Viewing Party for April. As we get closer to springtime and the cherry blossoms bloom up the coast of the Japanese archipelago, we'll have a better idea of an appropriate date. It will be a Sunday though, most likely either the last Sunday in March or the first Sunday in April. If you're in the area, don't miss the Cherry Blossom Party! It's one of the most beautiful spots on the Inland Sea.

We'll also be updating the Moooo! Bar website soon. We're having some difficulties due to browser incompatibility, so we ask your patience. We'll have a full schedule of events up shortly.

Until then, enjoy yourself and we hope you're having a happy new year! Moooooooooo!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Notice: About the Shiraishi Pilgrimage...

It was great to see so many people do the Shiraishi Pilgrimage over the summer! One girl did the whole pilgrimage in two days under extreme heat, with just the directions from this blog and a map. Bravo!

The pilgrimage is a special trail, good for both walking and running. However, there have been some changes in course maintenance you should be aware of and at this point, few parts of the route are still passable. Please read my article in the Japan Times: Ancient Pilgrimage Routes and the Local Community if you are interested in knowing what happened.

In the meantime, I have been keeping the route from #80 to #83 and #9 to #17 cleared so it is still passable.

For those of you who haven't heard about the Shiraishi Pilgrimage, I started blogging about the route earlier in the Spring of this year. Please see these links below for the history about our ancient pilgrimage route based on the 88-Temple Shikoku Pilgrimage:

Blog entry No. 1: Introducing the Shiraishi Island Pilgrimage
Blog entry No. 2: Numbers 80-83
Blog entry No. 3: Myoken Shrine
Blog entry No. 4: Numbers 1-9

I will continue to blog about the route as time permits! The next post will include numbers 9 to 17.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Moooo! Fest Sept 28-29, Shiraishi Island

The Moooo! Fest on Shiraishi Island will be held on the last weekend of September, Sept 28 and 29, 2013.. Come help us drink the bar dry!

Moooo! Fest celebrates the last day the Moooo! Bar will be open for the season. This year, we are making it a weekend event, so bring your tents and camp on the beach (free) or book into a minshuku for the full bovine experience.

Saturday evening Sept. 28  Bon fire on the beach and live music by "King Harvest."

Sunday Sept 29 Drink the bar dry! All drinks 100 yen off, making our famous moogaritas just 400 yen! In addition, all Moooo! Shop merchandise is 50 percent off! In the afternoon, trial bike demonstration (arranged by Sea-kun).

Remember, last ferry back to the mainland is 17:42!

There is no fee or table charge for Moooo! Fest this year but we ask that you do not bring your own drinks onto the premises. We'll be serving hot dogs on the BBQ (400 yen) and San-chan's restaurant will also be open.

For ferry schedules and more information on Shiraishi Island, see the Moooo! Bar website. For minshuku reservations email us at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

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