It's that time of year again!

Good morning everyone,

Well, the weatherman is saying it's going to be sunny and warm today, so based on his record recently, I'm going to be wearing a sweater and taking my umbrella! ha ha! Actually, they are calling for rain tomorrow and Tuesday and while today and the rest of the week will be nice, those two days (Monday and Tuesday) will be chilly with highs in the low 20s both days.

But don't let that stop you thinking about this..
beer garden

That's right!

It's Beer Garden season! And while I'll be the first to complain about the level of Beer Gardens in Hiroshima. (They're terrible compared to every other city I've lived in in Japan-including Morioka!) I'll also be one of the first to head there when they open.

So, why don't I like the ones in Hiroshima? Actually, that's not true. It's not that I don't like them. They're ok. But just 'ok'. Other cities usually have one or two fantastic ones that you can find hidden away or ones on top of department stores where the staff put a little extra effort into them so the atmosphere is a bit more fun.

In Hiroshima, it feels like they just throw a few plastic tables and chairs on the roof of a building and call it a 'Beer Garden'. Don’t let the “garden” in the title fool you, if you go expecting to enjoy lush grass tickling your sandaled toes, you will be disappointed. The only greenery you’ll find is plastic, and, it has to be said, pretty tacky. But, hey! Don’t let that get you down though, it’s all part of the experience. Just grab another mug of beer and enjoy being outside and, if you are lucky, a summer breeze.

Japan’s beer gardens are a lot of fun, and they can certainly help make the long, hot and sticky summer weather more bearable. If there is anything better than drinking an ice cold beer in the open air on a hot summer night, it’s being able to drink as many as you like.

Beer gardens are generally open sometime in May until mid-September and are found on the roofs of large department stores or hotels. Most open at around 5 or 6pm and offer “viking” style food buffets with all-you-can-drink beer and cocktails, for an all-inclusive price of between ¥2500 and ¥3500. You can usually keep drinking until last orders, 15-30 minutes before closing.

I haven't found any new ones this year-just the usual department store rooftops...how about you? Have you heard of any new ones opening up that might be worth trying?

Have a great day!

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