Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA

Hiroshima is famous for pretty much one reason, and nothing lets you forget about it more than being in the city itself. Just look at all the places on this tourist map that emphasize peace!:

Peace Gardens, Peace Museum, Peace Park, Peace walk…and of course the entire city is littered with swans and cranes, the birds that symbolize peace.

The main center of Hiroshima is bordered by two big and very muddy rivers that once acted as a moat for the castle inside of it. If you walk around in a circle, you will find yourself on the north side surrounded by cultural wonderments like the national tea gardens:

Here I we enjoyed some authentic Japanese Cheetoes while staying high and dry from the gigantic snakes that would cross our paths.

On the West side of the city center is the remade Hiroshima Castle, a beatiful, large cabin-like castle overlooking another moat.

In the park surrouding the castle there are the first remains of charred stone blocks from Hiroshima.

Next stop is the A-Bomb Dome, a gigantic federal building that happened to be Ground Zero of the Atomic blast, which turned this:

Into this:

As Vivian said, “Wow, you guys did really good job!” I couldn’t help thinking the same thing. Seeing the building made the atmoic blast even more frightful, “super-effective” in any form of macro-warfare.

Just aside the Dome were many peace-oriented statues, museums and monuments, including this “Children’s Monument” that feature paper cranes from thousands of children’s classrooms across the world

Indeed, Hiroshima seems to have some strange desire to break your heart while you’re there, and if you’re American, feel some deep sense of guilt that immediately must be justified with the statement: “Well, they weren’t playing very nice either!” Or otherwise shrug your shoulders in a “what-can-you-do” manner.

Any-whoo…here’s some of the shopping and nightlife. Not a lot to report there, drinking stories all sound the same after awhile…

Later.

March 27, 2008. Tags: , , . Travel Blogs.

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