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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 26th 2014

The grounds of the Peace Park itself sit across the Aioi river from the A-Bomb Dome, are quite scenic, and respect and acknowledge the vicitms of the atomic bombing on 6 Aug 1945. Also on these grounds is the Peace Park Museum, which I have composed a separate blog entry as those photos are quite sobering in comparison to the photos for this entry.... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 25th 2014

I had long been interested to visit Hiroshima to see what physical evidence of the 6 Aug 1945 bombing was still in existence. One thing I was surprised by was to feel such a connection to the events of that day when I finally saw the remains of thisbuilding in person. I arrived into Hiroshima on the afternoon of 25 Sep 2014 and immediately came to visit the dome. I took pictures at that time with just my digital camera. I came back the next morning, a clearer weather day, to take pictures with my tablet as a backup in case those pictures came out better. What I am posting is a mixture of the two. On 6 Aug 1945, this building was known as The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It is now known as ... read more
Now vs. Then

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 25th 2014

Unfortunately, the photos that I took in the museum are not as clear as I would have liked. Still, there are some pretty moving pictures here. Once you arrive in the interior of the museum, the first thing you see is several photos of the mushroom cloud taken from different vantage points around Hiroshima. Shortly thereafter you see artifacts, photos, and stories of the suffering and destruction.... read more
Lots of visiting school children

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima September 24th 2014

We arrived in Hiroshima at about 10am which was just over two hours after we left Kyoto. We dropped our bags off at our hotel and set off on foot towards the Atomic Bomb Dome. It took us about half an hour to walk to the dome from our hotel. Along the way we passed heaps of shopping malls and restaurants. The dome is located in the middle of Hiroshima and a lovely park with memorials and a museum have been constructed around it. I always find it strange seeing sites in person that I have seen in books or on TV my whole life and the A-Bomb Dome was no different. I think it was slightly smaller than I expected. A number of signs have been erected around the building which is fenced off from ... read more
Childrens memorial
Peace Memorial Park
Scale model of Hiroshima after the bomb

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 27th 2014

We had an idea in our mind how Hiroshima would be and it was nothing like we expected. We had both learned about Hiroshima while we were at University, on very different courses. Neil on a Biomedical Science course, about the effects of radiation on the human body. Donna on an International Relations course, about the Second World War, its end in Asia and the post-war recovery of Japan. We have to say, this blog is quite a difficult one for us to write, in the same respect as writing about S21 prison or the Killing Fields (in Cambodia) was difficult. The only reason Hiroshima is known throughout the world is due to a very dark day of recent human history and the story around the ‘Little Boy’ bomb and the city, all of which is ... read more
The cenotaph with flower offerings
Paper cranes
Hiroshima street car (we know these as a tram!)

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima May 31st 2014

My second trip to Japan and I hope there will be a third one! Amazing trip!... read more
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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima May 3rd 2014

From Itsukushima Shrine to the Atomic Bomb Dome We are sorry to say this but it's got to suck to live in Hiroshima. Pretty much everybody in the world know about Hiroshima for one reason only, the city was once wiped out by an atomic bomb. Even though the atomic bomb is a central part of the history of Hiroshima there is more to that city than that. Hopefully this blog entry will make at least a few people aware of other places worth mentioning in and around one of the most well known cities in the world. But if you read this blog entry for the sole purpose of learning a bit more about what a piece of weaponry named Little Boy did to Hiroshima in the end of the summer in 1945 we will ... read more
Itsukushima Shrine
Torii gate
Main section of the shrine

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 23rd 2014

6thAugust 1945. The world took a step closer to the abyss. We went from one iconic image of Japan, Mt Fuji, to another, this one with an altogether different atmosphere. Hiroshima. 6th August 1945. The first atomic bomb was used in warfare. And we got to Hiroshima on yet another icon of Japan – the bullet train. It was a long day of travel for the girls. A bus from Kawaguchiko to Mishima. One bullet train, or shinkansen, from Mishima to Osaka. A second shinkansen from Osaka to Hiroshima. Then we took pity on them and took a taxi to the hostel instead of the tram. Or perhaps took pity on ourselves as the tram would have been hard work with two tired, grouchy kids and our bags. Which incidentally, we don't have many of. We ... read more
Shinkansen - bullet train
A-Bomb Dome on the mural
Our first shinkansen pulling into Mishima station

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 19th 2014

I woke up feeling ready to tackle the day after my first night's stay (though my hostel was wonderful and comfortable, a reoccurring issue with hostels in general is the other guests and how loud they are). I had an itinerary planned out so that I knew what I wanted to do, and my main reason for going to Hiroshima was to visit the peace museum and atomic bomb-related memorials. Since I'd walked through the remains of a concentration camp in Germany, I knew I wanted to do this to round out my World War II visitations, and to make sure that I never forgot the horrible things that humans can do to other humans. It's important never to let history die, lest we risk making the same mistakes again. Seeing as how Japan is my ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima March 18th 2014

Because I have three weeks off between school years, I decided to take a vacation completely by myself to see part of the country that I really wanted to get the chance to visit. I journeyed down to Hiroshima via shinkansen, a journey that still amazes me sometimes looking at how far I can go in just four hours after doing nothing but getting on a train. It's convenient, but very pricey, but it's worth it to not have to get on a plane to make that trip, I think. I set out pretty early and arrived in Hiroshima around 1pm, so I had the rest of the day to do some stuff around the city. The first thing I did was get lost (of course), but this is where having a smart phone really comes ... read more
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