Heartful Hiroshima at night

August 29, 2008

in japan, sabbatical, travel

I was about to publish a serious post on Hiroshima’s A-bomb dome and have a draft guide on Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish market since the beginning of the month, but tonight’s dinner has changed my mood for good so I’ll post about it.

I arrived to Hiroshima today, after a short Shinkansen trip from Osaka. It was raining, as it has been mostly for the last 10 days. I’ve been walking around the city and then checked-in at the hotel and rested a bit. When hunger was taking control of my body I decided it was time for a bite of good, typical, Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki. I trusted my choice on Get Hiroshima and it suggested I should visit AUX Dining (“stylish okonomi and teppan-yaki shop with a great bar selection“), just across the street.

kumamoto-san, okonomiyaki master

The place was small and had a relaxed atmosphere tainted with reggae. The owner/chef, Jun Kumamoto, speaks English and recommended me to take the “mix” okonomiyaki with soba (it had squid, pork, different mushrooms, chopped cabbage, shrimp, soba noodles plus the typical okonomiyaki ingredients). Beer was just a perfect companion, though I’m on antibiotics and should have avoided it. Kumamoto-san is a music lover and worldwide traveler. He explained the name of the restaurant, AUX, like this:

“it is like in audio/music equipment. Yoy have an AUXiliary input jack to which anything can be plugged, and I transform it and deliver it to you my way”

So great ingredients get in and out comes a tasty okonomiyaki!

After dinner I went to the park for a stroll. The Hon-Dori covered arcade was sparkling with life and I came across two absolutely fantastic street musicians that I had previously encountered under a bridge near to the park. She had a moving velvet voice and his guitar playing was accurate and sweet. Pity they were not selling any record and that I don’t know their names… (fool of me, I didn’t ask!).

great singers

The A-Bomb Dome (more on this soon)

Hiroshima's Colosseum

check out my flickr page for more pics on Hiroshima.

free riding




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