Bow is one of my former students in Bangkok. She and some of her friends took a trip to three Japanese cities: Hiroshima, Osaka and Kyoto. I would recommend these Western Japanese cities to anyone who has an interest in the country's culture, history and cuisine. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, and a place where you're likely to see a Geisha girl. Osaka is a metropolis that teems with pulsating nightlife and high-tech gadgetry. Hiroshima is home to the A Bomb Museum and a delicious dish, Okonomiyaki.