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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 22nd 2016

From a cat cafe that wasn't a cafe to the horror of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, today has been a strange one. The trains from Kyoto to Hiroshima were fairly simple, although the lady reserving our seats was telling us that we couldn't make reservations, despite reserving us some seats - it was all a bit confusing. There was one change, easily done in 9 minutes because everything is on time.... more or less. Arriving at Hiroshima we were looking for Hiroshimaeki Station to catch a train to Dobashi Station (where our J-Hoppers hostel is located) - I'd looked it all up on Google maps previously. But it turned out that we were already in Hiroshimaeki Station and what we were actually looking for was trams. Oh Google maps, you never told me that! Hiroshima ... read more
Children's Peace Monument
Shukkei-en Stroll Garden
Cat cafe

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 19th 2016

Venir à Hiroshima, c'est comme venir constater, non sans émotion, l'incommensurable horreur qui s'est passée ici, il y a 71 ans dans quelques jours. Sous un ciel plein bleu, nous sommes débarquées avec en tête les souvenirs de vieux films de guerre, le gigantesque champignon, l'image de Little Boy et surtout le désert de ruines et de vies qu'il a laissées. Inimaginable de constater que 200,000 vies ont été perdues ici en quelques minutes, des dizaines de milliers d'autres détruites par d'innommables séquelles. Tout de suite, on est saisi par l'irréalité: le Dôme de la Bombe-A qui est resté debout et que l'on ne cesse de solidifier pour qu'il continue de demeurer le symbole de la ville de la paix. La ville d'Hiroshima continue de préserver contre les tremblements de terre, les ruines de ce qui ... read more
Les enfants devant le cénotaphe des victimes
Arbre poilu dans le parc du mémorial
Les ruines du dôme

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 13th 2016

Danny felt we could not visit Japan without paying our respects at Hiroshima, the city whose name has become a metonym for the devastation of atomic warfare. The memory of the A-bomb is a constant shadow in this city, not just at the Peace Park and Peace Museum. Random trees, for example, are marked as having survived the bomb, which flattened most of the city. The most visible memorial is the well known Atomic Dome, originally a trade building with a domed roof near the hypocentre of the attack, which unlike all other buildings in the vicinity was still standing albeit in shreds. Today it has been reinforced to ensure it remains in the state it was on 6 August 1945, as a witness. The Peace Park has a great many memorials to different groups of ... read more
Peace dove, Hiroshima Peace Park
Atomic Bomb Dome
Moss-covered tree, Hiroshima Peace Park

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 10th 2016

The word conjures one event, one image: the mushroom cloud rising after the first atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945. When I mentioned that I was going to Japan, I was surprised to hear how often Hiroshima was described as a must-see, and by whom – a retired Royal Navy officer, a long-term Australian resident of Japan, a New York lawyer-colleague, amongst others – and so it went on the list. I’ve seen my share of memorials to the sickening horrors that man can inflict on his fellow man – Phnom Penh’s notorious security prison S21 and killing fields, a plethora of genocide memorials in Rwanda, the convict incarceration centres in Port Arthur and Fremantle – and steeled myself for one more. But Hiroshima is not just one more. In the wake of the ... read more
Children's Peace Monument
Children's Peace Monument
Peace Memorial Park

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 30th 2016

Hiroshima city. Okay so, I went to the castle and had okonomiyaki which was really good as well but the focus is the atomic bomb. Well known for the first ever atomic bomb target in the world. The city completely demolished after the detonation of "Little Boy". I began my day by going to the atomic bomb dome. One of the few remaining buildings after the bombing. Of course, as expected, an insane amount of tourists, which in my opinion SUCKS. But hey, it is high season so fuck it. After that I made my way to the victim memorial museum. Intrigued by the design of the museum and the memorial hall, I decided to look at some photo's and videos. There is a huge accessable archive of victims sharing their story and photographs. I was ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima February 6th 2016

Incheon was so busy, there were just bodies everywhere. I swear this place gets busier every holiday. I did my self check-in and then joined the extremely long line at the baggage drop. After that I had to join the ridiculously long queue for security and immigration. That took me forever to get through, by the time I got to my gate,they were about to start boarding. I had a seat right at the back of the plane. It had been a while since I flew on a proper airline, so I enjoyed having a comfy seat with some leg room and a feed. We got a small, but nice meal of beef and vegetables over rice. I was gutted that Asiana didn't offer any hot drinks, only water, I was gagging for a brew. The ... read more
Genbaku Dome
Genbaku Dome
Genbaku Dome

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 30th 2015

Wednesday 30th September 2015 An unforgettable experience in Hiroshima is a visit to the Peace Museum, which documents the devastation caused to the area by the atomic bomb dropped on 6th August 1945. We opted to take an audio tour of the exhibition that proved to be both insightful and harrowing in equal measure. We walked through the museum taking in the sights of kids bicycles, lunch boxes, uniforms and parts of buildings devastated by the blast. It was a very moving experience, shattered by the influx of the whole of year 8 of Hiroshima's version of Grange Hill. Hundreds of children running through the museum shouting and laughing. Nevertheless, its one of the must see things whilst in Hiroshima and a memory that will stick for a long time. We then headed outside into the ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima August 7th 2015

Im shinkansen mutmaßen, dass die Sumotradition daher rührt, dass die Stiegenhäuser und Rolltreppen - überhaupt alle Durchgänge - so eng sind, dass man sich streiten musste, wer im Erdgeschoss wohnen durfte, um nicht die Stiegen nehmen zu müssen. Morgens feststellen, dass man im Männerwaggon in der Ubahn ist und einen alle komisch anschauen. Der männliche Bonny Tyler macht die Ubahnansagen, klingt aber restfett und so, als würde er an seiner Barry White Imitation arbeiten. Mit einer Schweizerin über die Zugklos (Western, Japanese, guys only) sprechen und weihnachtliches Gebäck zum Frühstück. Unhöflich, aber geil: in fremde Bentos starren. 750km mit dem bullet train zurückgelegt und 2 Kirchen gesehen - erfrischend aber ein bisschen dizzy macht uns die Geschwindigkeit durchaus! Plätze tauschen mit älteren Damen, die einen dann herzlichst verabschieden (ob wir das Highlight ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima August 5th 2015

After Fukuoka, I took the 5h bus eastwards towards Hiroshima, and I hadn't planned it at all, but after I arrived I found out I was in town just in time for the A-bomb memorial week, and it would turn out to be a particularly poignant and memorable visit to the city. The city of Hiroshima will perhaps always been remembered for that one tragic morning at 8.15 a.m. on August 6th 1945, when the world saw for the very first time the horrendous power of the atomic bomb. In one fell swoop, virtually the entire city within a few kilometres of the hypocentre of the explosion was destroyed, and tens of thousands of people killed instantly, or in the immediate aftermath. And that excludes the many thousands more who would succumb to their gruesome injuries ... read more
Floating Torii
The Humble, Unsung Hiroshima Tram Operator
A-Bomb Dome

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 22nd 2015

My last blog was written while I was contemplating going home after feeling down and a bit bored with all the travelling that I have been doing. One of the main things that a lot of people picked up on is the fact that I couldn't get a SIM card for my iPhone and I thank the people who replied to the blog telling me where I should get one from but in all fairness I realised that I was getting too addicted to my phone and I can really survive without it. However there seems to be a constant routine that you stay in one place for 3 or 4 days, run around the area trying to take in as much as you can, trying to strike up conversations with new strangers in your hostel, ... read more

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