One of the best parts about living on mainland is how easily accessible it is to travel throughout Japan. We woke up Saturday morning and took the train from Iwakuni to Hiroshima. We walked around Peace Park and paid our respects at the A Dome, the memorial of the 140,000 people killed during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The memorial is very somber, but also a beautiful place of hope. It is hard to believe how this city has been rebuilt in the last 70 years.After working up an appetite, we decided that we needed to try those fluffy Japanese pancakes. Luckily, Cafe & Pancake Gram on Hondori Street is the perfect place for a tall stack! They only make 20 orders of these pancakes, three times each day. Since they always sell out, they allow people to begin lining up an hour in advance. The pancakes lived up to their hype and were the perfect midday treat.
Saturday, we hopped on the train for a quick day trip to Miyajima Island. Miyajima is home to the floating torii gate, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the most famous spots in Japan. It’s difficult to even tell how massive this shrine is in person! The island is also home to tons of wild deer, which freely roam the streets and are believed to be sacred. Of course, a trip to Miyajima would not be complete without a few local fresh oysters and some momiji manju – a maple leaf shaped pastry stuffed with everything from chocolate and custard to green tea and the local favorite: sweet bean paste. Our favorite? The sweet custard filled!
|With temperatures reaching into the 90s, we might have picked the hottest day of summer so far to walk around. Thank goodness for this adorable mojito stand…including a virgin grapefruit one for this mama-to-be!|