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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima November 8th 2007

As you can see from the website, I've added the second batch of photos (H.) Our last day in Kyoto was spent in more temples and gardens, again rather blighted by large groups, particularly school children - have we come during school trip week? However, it was possible to find quieter spots and, particularly in the north of the city, the leaves were looking beautiful. The next morning we were back on the train, or a series of trains, to take us to Beppu, on the coast of Kyushu in the south west of the country. The trains here are a real treat with more than enough leg room even for Hugh, largely it seems due to the fact that they are designed to be swivelled round to face in whichever direction the trains is going ... read more
Beppu hot spring
Mt Aso is up there somewhere!
Great view of cloud...

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima October 20th 2007

This was yesterday, today it was sunny but I was to check out the Events surrounding this date 1945 August 6th 0815 hrs. I was pretty harrowing and very factual unbiased citing views and politics and the technology of the A bomb. Later we see the effects and this is where it was quick for me to realise that for me it was wrong to drop this demon on this town of civilians, and albeit military objectives. It was wrong to drop this thing on anything anyone anywhere. War might be necessary to protect the freedom from evil as it does exist in man, but I believe it should be fought in more traditional ways. I feel that the long drawn out death of the battle for the somme for example was better than this. I ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima October 19th 2007

Well im in Hiroshima, got fed up being moved beds in Kyoto so decided to check out and get my Shinkansen in the evening after my final day doing the tourist thing. I visited this shrine which was essentially a wooded mountain and thousands of big orange gates, it was again something amazing.... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima October 18th 2007

I'm here in a nice hostel, arrived yesterday quite late from Kyoto , another great Shinkanson experience. Its a J-Hoppers hostel and in a more traditional style. That means no shoes and non western toilets. I'm just about to go for a run round town, finally saw off my jet lag with some saki. In tradition you must not wear your shoes past the front area, and there are slippers available for the house areas an example being the toilet. This leads me on to the Japanese toilets, they are like a startrek toilet. They have a couple of jets for rinse and a blow dry, how the hell you know when you are clean I don't know, I think it might be an experience thing. J Hoppers the hostel in Hiroshima.. I was immediately greeted ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 29th 2007

Et le periple continue... Vendredi, 28 septembre. Jour 12 Nous sommes a Hiroshima depuis 2 jours. Nous en avons profite pour visiter le dome de la Bombe A et musee de la Paix de Hiroshima. Bertrand a rigoureusement lu tous les panneaux et ecoute tous les videos et les commentaires de notre guide audio. Sans blague, nous avons trouve l'exposition tres bien et tres complete. C'etait meme emouvant par moment lorsqu'etaient presentes les histoires de certains survivants ou de certaines victimes. On disait alors que les survivants enviaient ceux qui etaient morts. Nous avons aussi explore les magasins a grande surface. Pour la modique somme de 400$, nous avons failli succomber a la tentation d'acheter un petit compagnon portable qui joue de la musique et danse au rythme de celle-ci. Tapez sony rolly dans google. Samedi, 29 ... read more
Tokyo Style
Palais imperial - Amis guide
Roppongi at night

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 21st 2007

Our trip to Hiroshima was an incredibly eye-opening experience. Having been to Pearl Harbour as a teenager and reading about how bad the Japanese were, seeing the other side of the story was somewhat more compelling and balanced out my perspective. Hiroshima city is a really beautiful place, and in September it was still quite warm and humid. The giant park that is a shrine to the victims of the bombing is green and full of life, both in terms of plant-life and locals, including many local school children who approach us and want to talk to us in English to practice their English skills. Many of them are doing school assignments on what Hiroshima means and why tourists visit. We spend some time talking to the kids. We took the train to the ferry and ... read more
A-Bomb Dome in 1945
Hiroshima Park
Miyajima Island

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 17th 2006

Hiroshima. The Peace Park and Museum. There are no words.... read more
Before the bomb
After the bomb

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 16th 2006

Arrived late into Hiroshima, and staying at another little ryokan. This one a little more of a ryokan hotel, since it is in the middle of the city - we are a short walk to the A-Dome and the Peace Park. The A Dome is the remains of the only building standing after the bomb was dropped. Went for a little orienting walk after showering, grabbed a beer and hit the sack for much needed sleep. That was the last of our long travel runs, thank goodness. We are here for 3 nights and that means that I need to get organized for some accommodation and plans once the trip ends in Kyoto on Friday. Think I will treat myself there for a bit. Today was SUNNY! and relatively WARM! Will update more in the next ... read more
The Castle today
Survivor tree

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 25th 2006

Woke up at 4:30am this morning - on my own accord thankfully - to catch the 6:00am bus for the 3-hour ride to Hiroshima. "Hooray for nice weather!" I thought to myself as I looked out the bus window, enjoying the mountain scenery on this very crisp and clear morning. Denise, her visual senses overwhelmed from such glorious sunlight, promptly fell asleep to prevent her eyeballs from exploding at the rare sight of clear blue sky. Given the balmy weather today, it's kind of odd that the highlight of the drive were the tunnels. We passed through at least a dozen, most of which were over a kilometer in length, and the longest being slightly more than 3.5km! I guess when 80% of the country is mountainous, your options of where to place roads can be ... read more
A-Bomb Dome
A-Bomb Dome
Up Close

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima August 6th 2005

I know, I know, I shouldn’t have called this entry that but I’ve heard it so many times since I’ve told people that I was coming to Hiroshima so I had to include it. OK I hope it works this time, I wrote an entry yesterday but for some reason when I tried to submit it there said there was an error and my entry was erased, I didn’t have time to write another one so I’m including it in today’s one. Hopefully I’ll be able to update this fairly regularly as I don’t want to be writing a whole weeks worth of experiences at one time, it would be too long! And I’m a poor backpacker in an expensive country, so time is money! I left my new hometown of Hakodate on Friday 5th Aug ... read more
A-Bomb Dome
Hiroshima river
Doves of peace

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