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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

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 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

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