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The castle was originally built in 1589 by Terumoto Mori. It was designated as a national treasure in 1931 but completely destroyed by the blast of the atomic bomb. It was reconstructed in its former style in 1958. It houses a local museum with exhibits related to the history of Hiroshima. On a clear day you can see the whole city from the observation platform.
Hiroshima’s local specialty food is Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (pancake). First, wheat flour batter is thinly spread in a round shape on a large griddle then topped with vegetables, Chinese noodles, egg, pork, and seafood. Next, it is flipped and the other side grilled. The cooking process is finished by topping with Okonomiyaki sauce and a sprinkling of green onions. Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki restaurants are found all over the city.