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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima November 21st 2012

Day 5 Our wake up call at 6.15am was not very welcome, but the guide was insistant. We went for breakfast on the top floor of the hotel, in the Sky Lounge, which had a 360deg view of Hiroshima bay. We watched the sun rise above the mountains, whilst enjoying a good breakfast of fruit, rolls and yogurt. We even had the option of an omlette if we wanted. We met in the lobby at 7.45 for an 8am departure. The temperature had certainly dropped, and although there was a clear sky and it was sunny, it was cold. We set off for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Museum. When we got off the bus, the first thing we saw was the ghostly image of the A Dome building. It was very close to the hypocentre ... read more
Childrens memorial at the peace park
Paper cranes
Memorial at the Peace park

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima November 14th 2012

Gisteren ben ik samen met de Tsjech naar Hiroshima getrokken. U allen wel bekend als de eerste stad in de geschiedenis die met een atoombom werd aangevallen. Die bom ontplofte om precies te zijn om 8.15 op 6 augustus 1945 en dat 580 meter boven de grond. De stad werd door de explosie van de bom kompleet verwoest en 78.000 mensen kwamen toen in een fractie van een seconde om. Er ontstond een enorme vuurbal van 300 meter in doorsnede en de temperatuur daaronder liep op de 4000 graden. Uiteindelijk liep het dodentol op tot ongeveer 145.000 tegen het einde van 1945. Vandaag tref je er een bloeiende stad met meer den 1,1 miljoen inwoners. Het contrast kan moeilijk groter en terwijl ik er rondliep had ik het moeilijk om mij de horror voor te stellen ... read more
vredesklok
man in het park met enthousiaste vogeltjes
tijdstip en datum van de explosie

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima October 15th 2012

We arrived in Hiroshima around lunchtime and another beautiful, warm day greeted us. We dumped our stuff at the hostel (a little more hostelish than the place in Nara, although still fantastic) and headed out to Peace Park, where the Memorial Museum, Children's Peace Monument (1000 cranes story) and the A Bomb Dome is located. A tram took us right to the epicentre and we wandered around for a while, taking our time to look at the various monuments. Heading in to the museum was interesting and provided us with the Japanese interpretation of events before, during and after the second world war. Lots of artefacts, maps, photographs and information about what happened. Eleanor was great; asking relevant questions and taking in a lot all at once. I hope she doesn't have nightmares. After sampling the ... read more
Children's Memorial
Memorial
Epicentre

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima October 12th 2012

bonjour, aujourdhui, je vous transporte (un peu) au coeur du drame de Hiroshima. vous pourrez y découvrir en image ce qui y est arrivé. heureusement, il n'y aura pas que des images triste... il y en a même d'assez ammusantes. Phil... read more
Maquette de Hiroshima avant
Maquette de Hiroshima après
retrouvé sur les lieux...

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 21st 2012

How to describe feelings arriving in Hiroshima? As soon as you arrive you feel that you’re somewhere special and significant. Going round the Peace Park and the museum and looking at the Dome, the one building that has been left as a memorial, all fill you with questions and horror at what we are capable of doing to each other. The remarkable thing is how the city has become what it is today after such an enormous tragedy. The park is lush with trees and shrubs, covering a big area around the detonation site. The city has grown up around it and is vibrant and colourful. As well as the Peace sites we took a short ferry ride out to the pretty island of Miyajima, known for its big red tori and ‘floating’ temple. Climbed Mt ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 11th 2012

After a good night sleep in a really small room - and I mean small. We decided to go to see the A-Bomb Dome which is a stark reminder of the destruction that happened in Hiroshima. The bomb exploded 600 mtrs above the ground and 160 mtrs south east of the dome. The bomb caused total distruction 2 kilometres from the centre and around 140,000 of the 350,000 inhabitents had died by the end of 1945 (the bomb went off 8.15am on the 6th August 1945). I have added a picture so you can see what is left standing. Everyone inside was killed but this part of the building survived. We also went to the Peace Memoria Park where there is a children's peace monument which was inspired by a little girl named Sadako Sasaki. She ... read more
Children's Peace Monument
Peace

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 10th 2012

Well first thing whilst still in Nara we went on a guided tour of of Todai-ji which is the Great Buddha hall. It is an amazing sight the Buddha is the beggist in Japan and it is supposed to be one of the greatest sights in the entire Japanese history. Our guide was 74 years old and his English name was "OK" he was a really nice man and had studied many years ago at Cambridge University. We are getting really embarassed about how well a lot of the Japanese speak English and our Japanese is crap/non-existent. I must admit I kept my eye on Mike, especially after last night with him reading about Buddhism. I kept on expecting him to go missing and then turn up in a trainee Monks robe - thank goodness that ... read more
Nara-koen

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima June 4th 2012

Had a great send-off from Japan and a wonderful welcome home to the US.... read more
Naomi & Chelsea
Eatin' oysters
Dan & Chelsea

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima May 11th 2012

Hiroshiman historia lienee kaikille tuttu, ainakin silta osin, mita tapahtui 1945, jolloin atomipommi tuhosi kaupungin. Kavimme tanaan rauhanmuseossa ja -puistossa. Museossa kerrottiin tapahtumista ennen pommia, uhrien ja silminnakijoiden kertomuksia ja atomipommien kehityksesta. Museo keskittyi erityisesti rauhantyohon ja ydinaseiden vastaiseen tyohon. Tavoitteena on havittaa ydinaseet maailmasta. Museoissa on aina kiinnostavaa nahda, milla tavalla ja mita historiasta valitaan kerrottavaksi. Petraan teki suuren vaikutuksen se, etta museossa tarkasteltiin kriittisesti Japanin menneisyytta kolonisoijana ja sotien osapuolena myos vihollisen nakokulmasta. Museossa mm. tunnustettiin Nankingin veriloyly, jota Japani ei ole virallisesti tunnustanut saati sitten pyytanyt anteeksi... Mainintaa veriloylysta ei loydy koulun oppikirjoissa eli tapahtuma on pyyhitty pois virallisesta historiasta. ... read more
Kaupunki ennen pommia
Kaupunki pommin jalkeen
Viela oli pikkaisen kukkaloistoa jaljella Hiroshimassa

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 12th 2012

Hiroshima - distressing, Miyajima - majestic Himeji - I'd been Sakura-ed! KIX - the most amazing airport... read more
atomic bomb dome
Himeji
KIX - The most amazing airport build on artificial island.




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