Okonomimura is a popular destination for enjoying Hiroshima’s iconic okonomiyaki, a savory pancake with various fillings. Located in Hiroshima, this food complex emerged in the post-World War II era and is home to more than 20 shops, each offering their own take on the local specialty.
Emerging after World War II, Okonomimura, which means “Okonomi Village,” began as a collection of food stalls in the vicinity of Chuo-dori. In the late 1950s, there were nearly 50 stalls operating in the West Shintenchi Square and East Shintenchi Square. Urban redevelopment in the mid-1960s resulted in the relocation of these stalls.
The community’s determination led to the founding of Okonomimura at its present site, with the help from Hiroshima City. By 1967, a new building was constructed, becoming a popular spot for locals and visitors alike.
Aside from its food, Okonomimura has become a cultural fixture, reflecting the city’s history and the local commitment to culinary traditions. In 1992, the complex was rebuilt as a larger seven-story structure. Today, it features 23 okonomiyaki shops spread over three floors, serving variations of the dish, influenced by local, organic, and sometimes international flavors.
The legacy of Okonomimura is also apparent in its local partnerships, such as with the San Foods company for an exclusive okonomiyaki sauce.
Okonomimura represents an important part of Hiroshima’s post-war development, offering a unique culinary experience rooted in the city’s history.
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