look at the trees
trees are really weird.. probably they are deformed after the a bomb.. check this out.. there is grass on the branches
a lot of bushes around the a dome bomb have also weird and holed leaves...
there was also the oldest tree in hiroshima who had survived after the bomb, but during the days i was there a typhoon took it off the soil. now i am not sure if they planted it again or not
Lotteria is a fast food chain that can be found in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and Vietnam. We originally thought it was a Korean chain as we first saw it in South Korea and as they have many Korean style burgers. It is an excellent choice for a late breakfast (Japanese breakfast might be a bit strange for western tongues) and we preferred the food here to the western fast food chains. We tried for example the Teri Burger and the Bulgogi Burger, they were very good!
Peace Memorial Museum
Only 50 yen charge. (50c $US).
You will come out of this museum feeling very sombre. It documents the history and making of atomic bombs, and war events.
Relatives of children and adults killed in the atomic bomb blast have donated bits of clothing and whatever the person was carrying with them when the bomb went off. Very gross part of the museum, is when you learn about the after effects of radiation on the victims. Also very disturbing are pictures of people with terrible, deforming, blistering burns all over their face and body.
Makes you really really wish for world peace.
Hiroshima Castle is a magnificent castle located on the Ota River delta. It was destroyed by the atomic bomb. The outer structure was rebuilt in 1958. The interior served as a local museum. I like to see it from far away. It looks beautiful. If you have a spare time, this is a nice place to visit.
Where man cracked open the sun.
I am trying to not include photos of destruction when referencing my trip to this city, there has been reams of magazine articles and libraries of books that will do more justice to the topic. Rather, this is what I saw and what I felt thru the lens of my camera.
Being in Hiroshima just one week after the 48th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb set most of the conversations with my travel partners around the strange juxtaposition of current times-trees, birds, flowers all in full life, yet 48 years ago none of it existed, just scorched earth and flattened landscape. It also made for an introspective trip.
Somewhere amongst the input of the magnitude of what happened, there is also a symbol of Hope. Encased in glass boxes, miles of paper cranes, folded and sent by people who never knew the little girl, but who want to try to help anyway.