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Hiroshima's Okonomiyaki and Oyster

Hiroshima is famous for its own style of okonomiyaki, a savory pancake layered with cabbage, meat and other ingredients like noodles or fried egg and topped with a special sauce. There are thousands of okonomiyaki restaurants in Hiroshima where you can watch chefs prepare your meal on a hot griddle right in front of you. In the middle of downtown is Okonomi-mura, a restaurant building with about 20 individual stalls offering their own versions of the comfort food.

Hiroshima also cultivates more oysters than anywhere else in Japan, with literally thousands of rafts dotting Hiroshima Bay. Hiroshima oysters are among the largest and juiciest oysters you'll see anywhere and are served a variety of ways, including raw, fried and grilled on the half shell. There are many festivals in Japan that celebrate the oyster season, with one of the most well known taking place in Miyajima in early February. Although oysters used to be available mostly in winter, there are now restaurants that serve the delicacy year-round.