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.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Typhoons and Wedding Bells at the Moooo! Bar

Typhoon 5 has come and gone. It largely missed us and we only had the effects of a tropical storm here. The ferries to Shiraishi Island have stopped today but should be running again tomorrow (Tuesday). The weather forecast for tomorrow is sunny skies!

The typhoon stole the limelight of our Moooo! wedding couple, who had a beautiful ceremony on the beach at the Moooo! Bar yesterday. Congratulations to the lucky mooing couple!

 That was our third wedding to host. Who will be next to get married at the Moooo! Bar?!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Typhoon 5 Update, Shiraishi Island, #japan

Typhoon No. 5, called Noru, is moving very slowly north-east from southern Kyushu. Over the next several days it will gradually lose pressure and probably turn into a tropical storm. Sunday will still be fine weather on Shiraishi Island, and the ferries will run until at least 3:00 pm. They typhoon is expected to hit here on Monday.

 Cows, drinking before the typhoon, at the Moooo! Bar

Friday, August 04, 2017

Typhoon Noru update, #shiraishiisland #setonaikai #japan

Typhoon No. 5 (named "Noru") will hit Okayama on Monday. As you can see from the image below, the typhoon will sweep up North through the entire archipelago, so no matter where you are in Japan, you'll experience this typhoon. Regarding Shiraishi Island, we are fairly protected because we are among many other islands in the Seto Inland Sea so the winds aren't as strong and the waves not as big as on the Pacific Ocean side or the West coast of Japan. However, the ferries to the island will stop running on Monday, if not Sunday afternoon. If you're already on the island, we recommend you either plan on staying till Tuesday/Wednesday, or leaving the island on Sunday morning.

The Moooo! Bar will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Screenshot from the Japan Meteorological Agency. For updates, click here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Summer bookings update: Shiraishi Island, #japan #setonaikai

 Chillin' out at the Moooo! House

 The International Villa still has vacancies for next week, Aug. 7-10, but from the 11th is completely booked until after Obon. Most other accommodation on the island is also already full for the Obon holiday Aug. 12-17.

The Moooo! House still has rooms available on most days (very clean but very basic, 2,000 yen per person per night). Contact us at: shiraishireservations at yahoo dot com

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