Delicious Hiroshima Souvenirs You Can Use Everyday!

Though momiji manju (a maple leaf shaped manju) are a stable Hiroshima souvenir, there are plenty of other delicacies on offer!

Hiroshima lemons, for example. Though their production volume is the largest in Japan, they are still relatively unknown!

Grown with the blessings of the Setouchi sun, Hiroshima lemons have established a reputation for mild acidity, fresh fragrance, and full flavor.


This time we would like to recommend some local spices handy for everyday dishes and easy to enjoy sweets that all have been made using Hiroshima lemons.



Packed similarly to Tabasco, Lemosco is a Japanese style hot sauce made from Hiroshima lemons grown in the Setouchi area and seaweed salt from Kamikamagari Island in Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, blended together with Kyushu grown green chili peppers and vinegar.


Making use of the acidity and fragrance of the lemons allows you to enjoy a sour, spicy, savory sauce flavor that has never been offered before! And what makes it even better is that it's additive-free.

Sprinkling the sauce on meat dishes such as fried chicken, or fish, pasta and salads, gives them a fresh, spicy, delicious finish.



Product provided by: Yamato Foods Co., Ltd


Namashio lemon ('raw salt lemon') (on the right) is a paste made using the peel of lemons grown in the Tobishima Kaido area and seaweed salt.


Namashio lemon is a condiment that has been carefully fermented and matured giving it a natural flavor full of goodness.  


Making the flavor even more rounded and savory, fermentation continues after the product has been opened.



It can be used in various ways such as sprinkling it on a dish, mixing it in or using it for pickling.

For sashimi and fried chicken, vegetable sticks and cold tofu, you can use it as is.

Adding just a little as seasoning to meat dishes, stews and pastas, or as a subtle accent in soups, etc. gives such dishes a delicious finish with the fragrance and sourness of lemon.



Products provided by: Tobishima Kankitsu Kobo Co., Ltd.


As a slightly different lemon sweet, we would like to introduce a lemon-flavored meringue sweet, meringue citron.

Made using Hiroshima prefecture grown rice and lemons, they are very light sweets, subtle in sweetness. In addition to a crunchy texture, the fragrance and feel of the lemon peel is amazing!

The sweets allow you to enjoy a nostalgic texture similar to Japanese lamune. We recommend them as break time snacks.



Products provided by: Tobishima Kankitsu Kobo Co., Ltd.


In cooperation with:

Nippon Access Inc.

Setouchi Brand products can be purchased from souvenir corners at roadside stations, airports and other places in the Setouchi area.


Setouchi brand relationship: (Japanese)


Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Makoto Esaki & Yoko Suganami (Rainbow Sake Co., Ltd.)



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Rainbow Sake

Yoko Suganami Rainbow Sake, Inc. After an extended stay in Hawaii, in 2011, I returned to my hometown of Kure, Hiroshima. Having worked at advertising companies in both Japan and Hawaii, I founded Rainbow Sake - a PR company with the goal of spreading Sake abroad. I hope that sake will ""bring the people of the world together"" and that I can be a part of that. I often travel abroad, and mostly to Hawaii and Singapore. Every time I come back home, I rediscover the beauty of my hometown and the happiness the easygoing, calm, fresh and simple sea and mountains of Setouchi bring.


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