Hiroshima prefecture is one of the prefectures that face the Seto Inland Sea in the Chugoku region. The capital is Hiroshima city, the largest city in the Chugoku and Shikoku region. While automobile and other industries and commerce thrive in Hiroshima, the city is also known for farming and fishing as it is blessed with nature’s gift both from the ocean an
d mountains. In particular, the culturing of oysters raised in Hiroshima’s clear sea water has a 400-year long history. Since it is also the first city where an atomic bomb was dropped during World War II, the city’s name is known to most foreigners. The Atomic Bomb Dome that shows the scars of nuclear weaponry was registered as an UNESCO world heritage site in 1996. There is another world heritage site in Hiroshima, the Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima in Hatsukaichi city. It is the head shrine of all the approximately 500 Itsukushima shrines in Japan. Miyajima, also called “Aki no Miyajima,” is included as one of the three most famous scenic places in Japan. Miyajima’s anagomeshi (conger eel rice) is popular among tourists. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is Hiroshima’s local specialty dish. While okonomiyaki is wide spread as a family dish in the Kansai region, in Hiroshima, there is a strong public notion that okonomiyaki is a dish “to be cooked by professionals,” and “to be enjoyed in specialty shops.” The reason is because Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki is thicker with more ingredients than okonomiyaki in Kansai. As such, it is difficult to cook well and also requires bigger teppan grills as well as skills to flip a thick okonomiyaki. For Kansai-style okonomiyaki, there are shops where customers grill their own, while in Hiroshima, shop staff grill the okonomiyaki for the customers. In addition, Mihara city where Hiroshima airport is located, is known for its local specialty of takomeshi (octopus rice) using the local specialty product, octopus. Momiji manju has been popular as an authentic souvenir of Hiroshima. It was originally named after the place in Miyajima that is famous for red maple leaves. It is sold at souvenir shops other than Miyajima as well.
When sightseeing in Hiroshima, all people may want to visit this "Atomic Bomb Dome". At the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum next to it, the tragic pas...
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