From the tip-top of the main island of Japan, Honshuu, to very near the bottom, today we travel down south to sunny Hiroshima. Most foreigners have heard of Hiroshima as one of the two cities America dropped the atomic bomb on during WWII. The Peace Park and A-Bomb Dome stand as shocking and humbling reminders of the ravages of war, and are a popular destination for tourists of all countries. Also in Hiroshima is Miyajima, with its picturesque torii gate that seems to float on water at high tide, perfect for photography if you get it at just the right moment.
But Hiroshima is famous for more than that, and while it might come as a surprise, is the top producer and exporter of lemons in Japan. Lemon harvest begins in the fall, when the lemons are still green, and continue as they yellow in the winter sun until spring. Even when lemons aren’t in season, you can find many different products using lemons, such as lemon cake, lemon bubble bath, lemon masks, lemon jams… well, the list goes on! If you’re lucky, you might even find the adorable heart-shaped lemons!
Hiroshima Lemons at my local grocery store
If you’re in Hiroshima from fall to spring, consider stopping by a farm and picking some lemons for yourself! Unfortunately, most of the information about lemon picking is in Japanese. If it is something you are interested in doing and want more information, please don’t hesitate to comment and I will find some farms and information for you!
Meanwhile, if you are in Tokyo but would like to sample some Hiroshima products, including lemons, head over to Ginza to the Hiroshima Brand Store TAU, where you can buy lemon products to your heart’s content!