Souvenirs Unique to Hiroshima

Souvenirs Unique to Hiroshima

Here we introduce souvenirs unique to Hiroshima: momiji manju cakes, Kumano brushes, Hiroshima sake, oyster products, lemon products, and kendama toys.

Momiji Manju

The moderate sweetness and unaffected flavor of this cake consisting of sweet bean paste wrapped in baked sponge cake are perfect for tea time. Chocolate, matcha and cheese-cream flavored versions also are popular.

Kumano Brushes

Traditional brushes handcrafted in Kumano, Aki district. They have been made since the Edo period (1603-1868) during farmers' slack season, and that skil l has been handed down to the present. The quality of the calligraphy, painting and makeup brushes is recognized in Japan and abroad, making this Kumano craft famous around the world.

Japanese Sake

Saijo is known as one of the leading sake-producing localities because of its climate, which is wellsuited to brewing, and water quality. Longstanding breweries are fussy about the best rice, water and chief brewers, and the put out many excellent local sakes.

Oyster

The oysters that grow in the abundant Seto Inland Sea are rich, sweet and loaded with nutrition. Many processed foods high in quality and safety are made of oysters that have cleared strict shipping standards, and many are popular as souvenirs or gifts for back home.

Setouchi Lemons

Lemons raised in the gentle climate of the Seto Inland Sea not only have the highest production volume in Japan, but care is also taken about their flavor and safety, and they have achieved popularity under the name "Setouchi Lemons." There are also many processed foods such as juice and snacks made using these lemons.

Ken-dama

This traditional Japanese toy got its start when the French bilboquet was improved in the Taisho period (1912-1926) and renamed nichigetsu ball.
The inventor, Hamaji Egusa, visited Hatsukaichi, a city that contains Miyajima, and asked that it be produced.This led to it being known as the birthplace of the kendama.

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