Sunday, April 15, 2018

Golden Week on Shiraishi Island (April 29-May 6, 2018) #japan

It's been a long winter but starting tomorrow (Tuesday), the weather will be warming up as we head into the Golden Week Holidays in Japan (April 29-May 6). And this is what the beach looks like! May 6th is the Kairyuji Temple's Spring Kobo Daishi Festival with goma fire ceremony. It's free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Moooo! Bar will be open, the Shiraishi Pilgrimage will be open, and the beach will be all yours! Come out and relax with us.

The International Villa is fully booked for Golden Week, but there are still accommodations available, including the Moooo! House. Check out our Accommodations page or email us at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

See you on the island!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Autumn on Shiraishi Island

Bussharito Festival, Nov. 15

The temperatures have dropped and it's a bit cool these days on the island with the day-time highs around 19 to 20 Celsius. The sun is out most days, however, making the weather perfect for hiking and for taking in those beautiful Seto Inland Sea views!

We just finished the Kobo Daishi 10k Pilgrimage Trail Race at the end of October, so the pilgrimage path is in perfect condition for hiking, and should remain so through the winter. You can download the map from the Shiraishi Pilgrimage Facebook page or buy a hard copy for 300 yen upon arrival on the island.

Nov. 15th is the annual Bussharito Festival, when they open up the crypt in this Thai style temple. It's a great opportunity to see an interesting Japanese Buddhist fire ceremony as well as to inspect the inside of the Bussharito Temple which is said to hold some of the remains of the Buddha.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September on Shiraishi Island, #japan

Early morning on Shiraishi Island

As September begins, we're moving into cooler weather and the low season on Shiraishi Island. The beach is still open, however, and International Villa is open year-round, so come out and enjoy the quiet island life. The Moooo! Bar will be open only on Sundays in September and will close for the season at the end of the month.

 Come out and watch the sunset, have a BBQ on the beach, hike the 400-year-old Shiraishi Pilgrimage or just relax on the deck at the Villa overlooking the Seto Inland Sea.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Smallest Fireworks Festival in Japan is on this weekend, Aug. 26 on Shiraishi Island, #japan #setonaikai #shiraishijima

The Smallest Fireworks Festival in Japan is on this weekend on Shiraishi Island! It's always a great time--the fireworks are launched just off the beach so they're very close! Live bands, African dance. A few rooms still available at Amagiso and Moooo! House. To book, give us a moo at shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

Friday, August 18, 2017

Craft Beer Festival today and tomorrow, Shiraishi Island, #Okayama #Japan

The craft beer festival is on this weekend on the island with live music, dance! Accommodations available: shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All about the Bon Holiday on Shiraishi Island, Aug. 13-17

 The Shiraishi Bon Dance, a designated national treasure, performed on the beach on Shiraishi Island.

The Bon Holiday starts from today (although officially not until the 12th) thru the 17th on Shiraishi Island. There are lots of activities going on in addition to the traditional Bon rituals and the island's famous Bon Dance. If you'd like to know more about what Bon is, please read 5 Things You Need To Know About Bon, one of Japan's Biggest Holidays. 

Watch a video of the Bon Dance (note: not the original music).

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Art on the Kasaoka Islands, Aug. 11-17 (Shiraishi, Takashima, & Hishima islands)

Matsuuratei house, on Shiraishi Port

The Art Bridge yearly art exhibit starts on Shriaishi Island Friday, Aug. 11 and runs through the 17th. The exhibits are free and we have 7 artists this year on the Shiraishi. Exhibits are open from 9:00 to 17:00 daily. Grab a map and walk around to the different exhibits for a refreshing take on the island, its history and culture! Hop on the ferry to visit exhibits on Takashima and Hishima islands as a day-trip.

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