Life in the Byways
Most houses are on hillsides. Because the water is so close, as the city's population grew, residences appeared on the slopes. The hill paths have a special character about them. Because cars can't pass through, it's a paradise for cats. Sometimes, garbage collectors have to hoist a carrying pole over their shoulders to take out the trash. And during the summer fireworks, the steep paths become perfect places to sit and watch.
The Onomichi Ropeway
The ropeway up from Senko-ji Park covers an altitude of 130 meters in 3 minutes. Anyone who's been to preschool in Onomichi has taken a field trip up it, where one can see the entire town from the top of the mountain. During the spring, old men and women make the trip up to see the cherry blossoms blooming. And at the destination, Senko-ji, one can take a moment to place their hands together for a prayer.
Restaurants that Cook with Ingredients Customers Bring
At an Okonomiyaki restaurant along a road where fishers live, one can still enjoy a unique system where customers can bring their own ingredients and have them made into fried rice. It's said that the custom arose from the wish to help out children whose parents are out fishing by giving those children a hot meal.