Hello Hiroshima

Our next stop after Nagoya was Hirosh.

Sadly what Hiroshima is most known for is the atomic bombing of 6th August 1945.

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The a-bomb dome (a lone surviving building near the epicentre, kept to remind us of the devastation of that day).

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A petitioner by the dome.

The surrounding peace park is full of memorials dedicated to those who died that day and later from the after effects.

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The story of Sadako has led to many people leaving strings of paper cranes at the memorials, and instead of glasses of sake left at the shrines, water is left as many people died of thirst.

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the many memorials give an account of what happened that day, why it happened and what we can do to prevent it ever happening again. Being a non-Japanese I felt a little like I was being looked at and blamed – I wanted to say ‘I’m not American!’. But really the idea behind the museum is to give understanding and work together to stop a reoccurrence.

Hiroshima is haunted by the past everywhere you look, and it is right that we should not forget. But Hiroshima is a wonderful city and more than just a place where a terrible thing happened.

There is no subway, instead people use city cars (trams) to get around, as they did back in 1945 and before.

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Like many Castles in Japan Hiroshima Castle is a reproduction on the original foundations. It is an attractive castle and inside is full of memorabilia from the castles hey day.

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For 2000yen you can get a pass that allows you to ride the tram, catch the ferry and go on the ropeway for two days, using this we went to Miyajima Island.

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The island is known for its floating tori gate, momiji manju and the wild deer that have grown tame and roam the island, terrorising tourists!

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View of the ropeway which takes you high among the trees almost to the top of Mt.Misen.

Where you can enjoy spectacular views!

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During the day you can walk along the soggy beach to the large tori gate but in the evening the tide comes back in and surrounds it.

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Another day trip we made was to Iwakuni, to see this spectacular bridge.

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It costs go across but its worth it as on the other side you can get one hundred different types of ice cream!

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The more interesting include curry, garlic and red pepper! J tried lotus root and I went for salted caramel.

A trip to Hiroshima wouldn’t have been complete without sampling local style okonomiyaki!

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J gave it 8/10 but he needs to compare it to Osaka style before deciding a winner!

I hope you get to visit Hiroshima too, and enjoy it as much as we did!

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