Momiji are Japanese maple leaves that have long been a symbol of Hiroshima. Throughout Hiroshima's history, they have appeared in traditional paintings and block prints, often depicted with Miyajima's deer. They are especially popular to view when they look as if they are on fire, bursting with bold autumn gold, yellow and red colors.
However, even the lush, green Momiji add a cool beauty to the forests in the warmer months and can be appreciated throughout the year. Hiroshima's most famous souvenir, the momiji manju cake, also takes the shape of this famous leaf and can be bought anywhere in Hiroshima.
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