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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima August 18th 2010

The first thought invoked by the word Hiroshima for nearly anyone is that it was the first city to suffer the devastation of an atomic bomb. On August 6th, 1945 a plane, the Enola Gay, approached the city. Many citizens thought that it was just a surveillance plane. Two more planes were behind and they would be used for measuring the bombs effect. The military saw them on radar but figured the contingent couldn't do much damage and thought nothing more of it. Up until this point Hiroshima had been spared any significant bombings but the truth was that the Allies decided to leave the city intact so it could study the effect of their new bomb. Also the two main things that sealed Hiroshima's fate was that there was no POW camp suspected of being ... read more
Gate
Castle
Before The A-Bomb

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 27th 2010

Hiroshima (7/25/10 to 7/27/10) Hiroshima has risen out of the ashes of war and destruction to become a beacon of peace for the rest of the world. The entire city stands united in their mission to abolish nuclear weapons and embrace peace amongst nations. While other nations stock-pile an arsenal of fear and threats, Japan has turned their experience of fear into a pilgrimage. I respect that. I spent almost three days at what is known as Peace Memorial Park. The park is dotted with memorials and a museum related to the atomic bombing. The park itself is located at the epicenter of where the bomb was dropped. Of the memorials, I was most moved by the Children's Memorial. It was inspired by Sadako Sasaki, a bomb survivor who developed Leukemia when she was 11. Sadako ... read more
Memorial for those who died
Charred school uniform
Ringing the Bell of Peace

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 25th 2010

I am sitting on a park bench looking at what is now known as the A-bomb Dome. Up until August 6, 1945, it was the Industrial Promotion Hall of Hiroshima. All of that changed when it became one of the few structures left standing in the epicenter of the first atomic bomb dropped on a city. Everyone inside the building disintegrated when the A-bomb exploded almost directly above it. The structure remains standing as a memorial to that event. The building itself has a five-story concrete cylinder center with brick and concrete wings squaring off around it. A metal dome, like a skeleton of half the earth with just the lines of lattitude and longitude remaining, stands on top, and a twisted spiral staircase creeps up the side. There were many windows, but they are now ... read more
The broken fountain
The sky through the windowless windows
A view from the other side

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 16th 2010

Thursday (7/15/10) was a awesome, long, at times stressful day. We started the day by waking up at 4:15 a.m. to get ready to leave. Our bullet train left Tokyo at 6:58 a.m. so we had to get to Tokyo. We planned on getting to the train station in Yokosuka around 5:15 a.m. which we made. Unfortunately our planning did not go as planned. We accidentally got on a local train to Shinagowa which is a train station in Tokyo which was were the bullet train was leaving from. The local train is the slowest train because it stops at every stop along the way to Tokyo. Needless to say instead of the 45 minutes we planned on it taking, it took an hour and a half. We had planned on taking the express so that ... read more

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima July 2nd 2010

Our first trip was on the legendary bullet train, we headed off from Tokyo to Hiroshima. We booked the train without drama smilling and nodding like demented back seat dogs there was, one change on the way at Osaka. The trains all run very smoothly and efficeintly and beofre we are allowed on the train an army of cleaners board the train to get it ready. We set off and the countryside soon opens up as we head out of the city. It is a very lush and green, with houses that seem to grow straight out of the paddy fields looking as though they are unwelcomed. When the guards enter the carriage (well any staff member actually) they first bow to the carriage, as they ask for your ticket they bow and as they leave ... read more
I told Shenton not to climb that building but he wouldn't listen
Ok so what would you order from this restaurant
Rainy ferry ride

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima June 16th 2010

After getting off of the Cargo ship ferry adventure, Brad and I headed for some history in Hiroshima. We walked around Peace park to see the A bomb dome, Peace Bell and the memorial for all of the children who died. We took a moment to ring the bell for peace and then went to the Hiroshima museum and walked around reading the story of Hiroshima and looking at paintings people made depicting some of the horrible things that happened. Overall a very sad thing to have happened, it was pretty surreal to be standing on the very spot that was once in ruins. The positive thing is that the city is now thriving and there are many new generations of kids coming to the park with donations of paper cranes to leave behind. Tomorrow our ... read more
Peace park
Ringing Peace Bell
Peace Bell

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 28th 2010

You all know the history of this city. We arrived at night and went to see the memorial park before going to our hotels. We saw the ruined building called the ‘dome’ which is the point directly below the nuclear explosion. Since the blast was directly above this building it somehow survived and is still standing today, although all the people inside died immediately during the explosion. It was an eerie feeling standing at the exact spot where the nuclear bomb was dropped. Very sad. The current Hiroshima is a booming modern city. It has come a long way since the world war. On our second day, with the encouraging of Tim, our photographer friend, we woke up early and headed out to a nearby island to watch the sun rise and light the temple gate ... read more
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Hiroshima's Famous Temple Gate lite by the sun's first rays
View from the Temple on the Island

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima April 11th 2010

Today I visited Hiroshima, a city that manufactures Mazda cars, has one of the world's best symphony orchestras and some of the best sports teams in Japan. But Hiroshima is also a city which is only known in the west for being the first place in the world to suffer an atomic bomb when one was detonated 600m above the city at 8:15am on the 6 August 1945. During World War II Hiroshima was the main base for Japanese troops and as a result there was a huge need for military housing and buildings. There were no men in the area available to demolish buildings and use the materials to build new ones, so instead, by 1945, the city was full of children at 'work camps' - doing heavy work on building sites from around 6 ... read more
Shin-chan's tricycle
Shin-chan with his older sister
Children's memorial

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima December 30th 2009

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Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Hiroshima December 23rd 2009

walking. look the video. 装具をつけ4点杖で病棟を歩いてます。ちょっと右半身が遅れ気味?左の青いVideoをクリックしたら見れます! ちなみにこの足に付ける装具ですが、長嶋監督と同じらしい、色はもちろんジャイアンツカラーの黒にオレンジとか。。。... read more




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