Yesterday evening, as I was wandering in Hiroshima, the city took me by surprise and I must say I fell in love a bit with the people and the atmosphere here.
First, I found a great restaurant with great products – Mabui – you need to book as it is a bit small but you can eat at the counter, you will stink afterwards but who cares!!
Great food, Hiroshima is known for okonomiyaki but also oysters and they were delicious, it is pricey so not an every day dinner type but great quality. The team is very friendly and smiling. Just that the service is extremely slow, it took me almost 1h30 to get 3 oysters and 2 lamb chops!!
While sitting there, my neighbors, even though retired couple with limited English, naturally engaged the conversation so between their English and my Japanese, we made a conversation, it felt great, the gentleman is 77 while his wife is 74, she told me she is a listed victim of the A-bomb, she was 2 then. 13 years ago, she got her stomach removed as a consequence of the radiations. she said things continue to emerge since 1945 but that she is enjoying life to the max as it grew her different. an inspirational statement to say the least.
they taught me one of those great Japanese concepts – Ichigo Ichie, have a look, it is about making the most of each moment, enjoying meeting people, etc. I will keep this one in mind together with the Omotenachi, this reflects totally my perception of Japan
I then walked outside in the streets and celebrated the Carp victory. Once again, Hiroshima won the Baseball league, the city was “wearing red” and what an atmosphere, I got integrated in no time to the crowd, it was contagious.