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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima June 24th 2015

Konnichiwa!! Yeah, I made it to Japan! Another country I had high on my list and I enjoyed the 2.5 weeks I spent there. A beautiful country with nice people, not as expensive as I thought it would be (thanks to the stronger US Dollar) and very clean! Except for travelling within the city area, I did not use the train because it’s too expensive. I used only buses to travel between cities instead. The Japanese Rail Pass, often bought by many visitors, wasn’t an option because you’d have to rush between cities otherwise it’s not worth it. The Japanese food in general was ok. They eat a lot of seafood and I’m not a fan of it due to allergies. The people I encountered were all friendly, educated and very well-mannered. I was impressed by ... read more
View of Osaka, seen from the top of Osaka Castle
View of Osaka and Osaka Castle, seen from Osaka Museum of History
Shinsaibashi-suji shopping street, Osaka

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima June 14th 2015

Other than Tokyo, Hiroshima was my favorite place I visited in Japan. It's a small, unassuming city with plenty of river walks and tasty food, and its history is ubiquitous and palpable. Anyone visiting here should absolutely read John Hershey's novel Hiroshima. It was published just a year after the bombing and it brilliantly laces together the lives of several survivors who basically never should have survived the blast. After visiting the museum, these people weren't just in the blast zone where some survived- they were in the area where practically no one survived (beyond a few days). Reading the novel ahead of time was so much more valuable than just reading the descriptions on the historical landmarks; actually, it enhanced my understanding of the landmarks around the city that tell brief stories about the condition ... read more
yakisoba noodles
Bridge after bombing

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima May 17th 2015

I woke up early to shower before heading on to my next couple cities (yes, I'm ramping up the travel goals now that the guys are gone - I took it easy on them). Unfortunately, I had forgotten to get a towel the night before and the office wasn't open until 8am (a problem since I wanted to catch the 8:20am train out). I didn't want to use the towel I brought and have to carry it around wet, so I skipped it. I hope I didn't smell too bad! I hopped on the bullet train over to Kobe. Besides good beef, Kobe doesn't have a whole lot for Western tourists. Many Japanese people come because the city has a big Western influence and go tour Western style homes and eat at those type of restaurants. ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 7th 2015

Die dritte Station unserer Reise... read more
Peace Memorial Museum
Die Kirschblüte...

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 28th 2015

Hiroshima & Miyajima Hiroshima ist bekannt, weil da die Amerikaner ihre Atombombe abgeworfen haben, und Miyajima ist eine Insel mit einem Schrein, und dem Floating Torii.... read more
Kirschbäume entlang Hiroshima Castle
Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 25th 2015

"Mögen alle Seelen hier in Frieden ruhen, denn wir werden die Katastrophe nie mehr zulassen" steht auf dem Steinsarkophag eingraviert, der in Hiroshimas Peace Memorial Parc stellvertretend für alle die, deren leibliche Überreste niemals beerdigt werden konnten, aufgebahrt steht. Als ich von meinem Hotel, direkt gegenüber des Peace Memorial Parc, bei strahlendem Sonnenschein über den Fluss spaziere, sehe ich erst nur eine riesige wunderschöne Parkanlage aber je näher ich dem Mahnmal komme, umso beklemmender wird die Atmosphäre. Und als ich schließlich vor dem - zugegebenermaßen nicht wirklich hübschen - Betonbogen stehe, unter dem der Steinsarkophag steht und durch den man in einer Sichtachse die "Flamme des Friedens" (die erst gelöscht werden soll wenn die letzte Atomwaffe der Welt vernichtet ist) und den "A-Bomb-Dome" sehen kann, habe ich wirklich einen Kloß im Hals. Lin... read more
Peace Memorial
Papierkraniche am Children's Memorial

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima February 20th 2015

Our first day in Hiroshima was quite relaxed. Apart from having a stroll around the immediate area, we took it quite slow. One highlight of the day however was having okonomiyaki for dinner. This was unlike any other okonomiyaki previously mentioned. The portion sizes were big and we in essence got 2 each, one consisting of noodle, the other more of a vegetable mix. Both made by creating a pancake like base and fried egg on top. These were so delicious and very filling. We both cant wait to start making these dishes back home. Another memorable moment during our stay was an evening spent at our hostel. As this hostel had a sociable lounge area, we got talking to other guests whilst enjoying our Japanese beers. Amongst them was a girl from Sydney, a guy ... read more
Temple in Kyoto
Peace memorial with dome in the distance
We made it

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 27th 2014

This was another thing I wanted to visit and had a few hours in the morning to do so before my Shinkansen ride back to Tokyo later that day. Some of these pictures are from the grounds nearby the Hiroshima Castle itself. It was clear to me that this castle isn't in the same repair as say the Osaka Castle. Both were well done and such on the inside, but I would have to say the exterior of the Osaka Castle was in far better shape than the exterior of the Hiroshima Castle. The Hiroshima Castle was destroyed by the atomic bomb on 6 Aug 1945, and due to its fairly close proximity to the A-Bomb Dome would have to imagine the building on that day stood no chance of surviving that bombing.... read more
Yuhua Garden
Yuhua Garden
Yuhua Garden

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 26th 2014

Today I was off to visit the site of the Hiroshima A bomb explosion. Is checked out the map and spoke to the staff at the hostel and found out it was close by and very easy to get to, so I set off on my travels. It was a cloudy day and cooler of late so for the first time in ages I donned my long trousers lol. I ended to catch the tram which ran between the train station and the location of the A bomb memorial. To be honest I couldn't have picked a better location to stay since my sole purpose of visiting was to see the memorial park. As luck would have it there was a tram just pulling up and I jumped in it, my second piece of luck was ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 26th 2014

This lies within the confines of the Hiroshima Peace Park itself. It contains the ashes of thousands of victims of the bombing on 6 August 1945.... read more

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