Today, Hiroshima, Japan and the world stood united as a single bell tolled at precisely 8:15am this morning, echoing across the city. It's a symbol of the attitude of the locals and the country as a whole: Hiroshima has moved on, but it still remembers. Head there today and you'll be amazed by the how the city is now.
I did say though, that Hiroshima has moved on and whilst the memorials and tributes remain a strong draw for tourists, there's plenty more on offer. Miyajima Island, for example, offers a wonderfully scenic excursion that is but a short ferry ride away from the city.
The Great Torii stands proudly off the shore of the island and serves as the boundary between the spirit and the human worlds. Time your visit to see the monument at dusk, where the evening sky makes for a dramatic backdrop and a perfect photo opportunity. The island as a whole is a must, offering an unparalleled romantic setting amongst stunning natural beauty. More spectacular views can be found at the incredible Sandankyo Gorge, just in case you haven't seen enough beauty...
Hiroshima is also rather famous for it's culinary offerings. Famously, the city oversaw the creation of Hiroshima Okonomiyaki just prior to the end of World War II. Ordinarily, an Okonomiyaki is a thick, savoury pancake filled with cabbage and a choice of meat or seafood. However, Hiroshima's take on this popular dish uses a thin crepe, to which a mound of cabbage, meat/seafood, noodles and an egg are all added. Instead of mixing the ingredients, they are stacked - almost like in a sandwich.
The nearby town of Miyajima-guchi dons a delightful signature dish in the form of anago-meshi, which is grilled eel served on top of a bed of rice. The eels are grilled and then dipped into a salty-sweet soy sauce glaze - a glaze which is mixed in with the old glaze when made adding to a century's worth of contribution!
Other highlights of the area include an impressive baseball ground (where there is an excitement to rival the American game), leisurely journeys on the Hiroden streetcar and Hiroshima's towering castle. So there's plenty to enjoy!
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