Do you know Hiroshima’s okonomiyaki has noodle inside? Actually I hadn’t known that until I tried in Hiroshima the other day! That was my first trip to Hiroshima. Naka, a friend of mine, who lives in Ogaki and I visited a common friend, Aya, to Kure, Hiroshima at the end of last month.
Naka and I got to Kure around noon. Aya brought us to an okonomiyaki restaurant for lunch. By the way, do you know what okonomiyaki is? It’s a kind of pancake, but not sweet. It usually has egg, cabbage and pork. Some say it is Japanese pizza. Okonomiyaki is a common food, and you can try anywhere in Japan, but the taste is a little bit different in each area. Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima has usually noodle inside, and the sauce is a kind of sweet. That one I tried this time was really delicious!
After lunch, Naka said, “I wanna a coffee!” So did I! Aya brought us to a coffee been shop, then. The shop is not a café, but they sell coffee with paper cups. I saw many people enjoying coffee on benches outside the shop when we were approaching. But we didn’t buy coffee outside, and entered the shop instead because Aya said, “We may get sample coffee inside.”
There were many kinds of coffee beans in the shop. A woman came and gave me a sample coffee smiling when I was looking around. She showed in a strong interest in coffee shops in Nagoya when she knew I came from the place. Nagoya is famous for large number of coffee shops and a huge variety of their services. You know, I love coffee. I enjoyed talking to her about cafés.
I bought a special set, which had three kinds of blended coffee, there. One of the three is the shop’s famous “Kaigun-san-no-kohi”, or coffee in the navy.
According to the woman, the shop used to be a café. One day, an elderly man came and told her father-in-law about coffee which he would drink in the navy in the war era, sipping coffee. Her father-in-law got interested in the coffee and began to recreate it with his wife through a trial and error process. The old navy coffee has brought many customers to the shop, and which has changed to a coffee beans shop. “Kaigun-san-no-kohi” is deep-roast coffee, and tastes quite nice. The coffee beens shop is Subaru Coffee. Their webpage is here: http://www.subarucoffee.co.jp/tenpo/days.html
The place Aya brought us next was a small stall selling sweets in the same area. The sweet is called “Fried cake”, is a kind of doughnut. It was delicious, but sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet! We should have had coffee after eating the cake!
We went to a museum of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force. It is called “Tetsu-no-kujira”, or iron whale. As you see, it has a submarine as an exhibition.
The main exhibits are about minesweeping. You can see and touch a real submarine as well. We’ve learned about minesweeping and submarines through two volunteer guides, who are ex-officials. If you’re interested in the museum, look at the page: http://www.jmsdf-kure-museum.jp/en/
To be continued later…