Hiroshima is located Chugoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan. It is best known as first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon and an atomic bomb was dropped on at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II.
The area around Hiroshima was formerly divided into Bingo Province and Aki Province. This location has been a center of trade and culture since the beginning of Japan’s recorded history. Hiroshima is a traditional center of the Chugoku region.
Hiroshima is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, The Atomic Dome and the Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, famed for filling with water and appearing to float during high tide.
Hiroshima’s local cuisine:
“Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki” (Pancakes but not sweet)
Don’t leave Hiroshima without having Hiroshima Okonomiyaki. The difference of Hiroshima Style Okonomiyaki from regular types Okonomiyaki is including fried noodle inside. It is said that there are more than 2,000 Okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima. The specialty is prepared by spreading a mixture of flour and water onto a griddle. Bean sprouts, sliced cabbage, meat, egg, and noodles are added to the thin pancake.
Taking up 70 percent of Japan’s share, Hiroshima is famous for its oysters. Marinated in vinegar and soy sauce, cooked in a pot, deep fried, grilled or fresh out of the shell, the so-called Milk of the Seas is enjoyed in many different ways.
Onomichi Ramen origins in Onomichi-city, is famous of soup with soy sauce and back fat of pork. Around the Hiroshima-city, Hiroshima style Tsukemen is loved by Hiroshima citizen. Tsukemen is cold noodle served with boiled cabbage, boiled egg, some other boiled vegetables and also is served with spicy hot soup which is made of hot pepper, chili oil and sesame. There are also some other ramen restaurants that serve ramen cooked with seafood soup, made of small dried young sardines, dried bonito and soup stock made from kombu.
There are famous festivals and events:
“The Kangensai Festival”
1st August in Itsukushima shrine
The festival originating during the Heian period (794-1185) is the largest annual festival observed at Itsukushima Shrine and one of Japan’s three major boat rituals.
“Miyajima Under-water Firework Festival”
on August, 14,
“Saijo Sake Festival in October”
Saijo district is famous as a leading sake brewing town, and the area around JR Saijo station is lined with many old and well-established breweries. You are free to walk around from brewery to brewery sampling various types of sake at each one.
The festival features a Shinto ritual ceremony, which is performed in the center of the festival grounds to celebrate the bounty of that year’s batch of sake. Not limited to famous Hiroshima brands, the Japanese sake sampling also includes well-known regional brands from all over Japan, tempting visitors to try this one and that one and then the next one.
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