Hiroshima Local Customs

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    "Ekiben" Rail Station Box Lunch

    by RoseAmano Written Apr 5, 2005

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    This "ekiben" is oyster broth flavoured rice topped with boiled oysters, fine green dry seaweed sprinkle, shredded scrambled egg, pink pickled ginger and carrot flower, with a side dish of fried oysters with lemon slice, boiled oyster in a somewhat spicy wasabi-miso sauce, sweet/salty dried little fishes, and pickled green leaf veggies.

    Definitely my vote for funkiest package concept, which also happens to be sturdy and re-useable. It is meant to represent a typical rice scooping paddle. Don't ask me why. However, I reckon this shape happens to have its function, as the bite-size foods could be stuffed toward the narrow end without fear of getting jumbled with the main dish during transport.

    Also, my vote for most novel food concept - oysters are a known Hiroshima specialty, but this presentation is quite unique, not to mention tasty!

    Generally, it is available for purchase only in this area, primarily at Hiroshima Station, and then only available during the winter months.

    Manufactured by local company Hiroshima Ekiben KK which was founded in the year 1901. Also provides general catering service and operate local cuisine restaurants. Their stated maximum production capability is 50,000 (!) lunches daily, with employing over 650 staff overall.

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  • Taking the tram

    by radiantb Updated May 10, 2004

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    Paying the fare on the local tram differs from state to state.
    We got scolded once in Tokyo cuz we thought we pay when we get off when its the opposite.

    In Tokyo and Kyoto, you pay when you get on the tram.
    In Osaka, hiroshima, you pay when you get off the tram.

    And in my country, the entrance is near the driver and the exit is towards the middle of the vehicle. Its the opposite in Hiroshima.

    Entrance & Exit on a tram

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    Did you know that in...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Did you know that in Japan........the number 42 is bad luck........that woman ghosts haunt taxi cabs......that dead spirits are sometimes embodied in female cats.........and that.....badgers are mischievious evil little wrongdoers!!! I didn't either but I did find a really good website, the address is in my introduction, which is really interesting and well written!

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    In case you don't read my...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    In case you don't read my cultural tips in the travelogue above:The majority of Japanese don't have a lot of exposure to foreigners and maybe because of this or maybe because of the type of Western information that infiltrates Japan most Japanese think foriegners are cooler than themselves. This and the fact that the Japanese know they are very unique makes travelling easy for foreigners. They expect you to make mistakes and they don't expect you to be able to use chopsticks and they really don't expect you to be able to speak Japanese. If you can get something in your mouth using at least one chopstick you will be praised! If you get out a greeting no matter what time of the day it is and which one you used you will recieve 'wow' comments on your Japanese ability! In the big cities at the tourist attractions this may vary as they are more used to foreigners but step out (just to the next block) and you will find this to be true. Don't worry about what you are doing wrong- People will be staring at you anyway so don't get a complex- they like us because we are different (and they know you wont be in Japan for long!)

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    Everyone knows about taking...

    by GenkiMac Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Everyone knows about taking your shoes off when you enter houses or temples and if you forget there are normally shoes piled up outside anyway so its difficult to make a buu. However... did you know that you have to take your shoes off before entering a changing room?? A general rule is anywhere with carpet or a step up onto either wood or carpet. Its always a good idea to ask if you are unsure!! so as to prevent the gasp....that escapes as you commit a shoe error! for other cultural tips check out culture

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    Momijimanju: a Japanese-style...

    by Sharrie Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Momijimanju: a Japanese-style cake named after its shape. Popular for its simple but refined taste.
    Here, at the Hiroshima JR station, you can marvel of the high degree of automation in all aspects of the Japanese life.

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    Hiroshima is in exteriour a...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    Hiroshima is in exteriour a rather different town then others in Japan. Obviously because it has been totally destroyed and therefor the city now has a new look. Wide avenues, large officeblocks in a chessboard-shape. Almost an American town which makes it even strange to know that the bomb came from them.

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    ORIGAMI CRANES

    by kiwigal_1 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    In Hiroshima you may see wreaths of coloured origami cranes. Each of these wreaths contain 100 paper cranes. They are a symbol of peace for the Japanese. It could be a fitting gesture to make one and place one in the memorial park yourself.

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    Momijimanju.

    by Sharrie Written Sep 1, 2002

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    Momijimanju: a Japanese-style cake named after its shape. Popular for its simple but refined taste.
    Here, at the Hiroshima JR station, you can marvel of the high degree of automation in all aspects of the Japanese life.

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    Be friendly to the students

    by albaaust Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Outside the Hiroshima Peace Museum school children often wait to practise their English speaking skills. They may ask what are your thoughts on the museum.

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    Washing hands!

    by Travel2write Written Jun 4, 2005

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    Outside any temple in Japan, there is a hand washing station! Before entering a temple/shrine, was hands so you enter clean. Use the wooden spoons to run the water over your hands.

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    Origami

    by Blatherwick Updated May 5, 2004

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    At the Children's Peace Monument you can fold paper cranes just as Sadako Sasaki did. Every crane heals the world just a little bit more.

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    Oisters

    by tompt Updated Oct 30, 2002

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    Oisters are a local delicacy. They are grown in the bay. Oister season is in february, but you can get them year round.

    Oister nursery

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    Study up

    by Skibbe Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Read John Hersey's book 'Hiroshima' before you go. It is a small book that will help you understand it.

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    This stone monument says the...

    by Sakura_Kobe Written Sep 18, 2002

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    This stone monument says the floating torii of Itsukushima Shrine is one of the Japanese three most scenic views. (Nihonn Sannkei)

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