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Torii gate  

Torii gate

The most striking feature of the Itsukushima Shrine is the torii gate, a wooden structure standing in shallow water in the bay a hundred meters or so away from the main shrine.
Japan part II - 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 ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
23rd June 2014

A sobering yet beautiful experience
Great to know about the castle and shrine because it would be pretty heavy experiencing just the A-bomb memorials. My city has a remembrance ceremony on August 6th for which many people make cranes (which are very difficult to fold). Also, I've a large collection of signs in many languages from around the world that say, "May Peace Prevail on Earth," which was a movement started in Hiroshima to remind people of just what you've experienced. Good to hear your perspective on it.

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