Friday, 16 September 2016

Day - 12 Walking and Exploring Japan : Hiroshima, monuments and peace museum,Hiroshima castle

Hiroshima castle

Day 12: Hiroshima: Got up earlier than usual, had breakfast and hoofed it (aka walk 500m and then take 3 trains) to Shin-osaka station, where we caught the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. The trip took about 2 and a half hours, but was very pretty. Japan has some bubbly looking forests...

I'm not 100% sure what any of this is, but Joel got pancakes and I regret not doing that also.

Sadly missed the limited run Evangelion Shinkansen, which only ran between Hakata and Shin-osaka twice a day, but that would have set us back another 120ish dollars on top of our JR Pass cost... But still :(

Got into Hiroshima station and then immediately took another two trains to reach the area near the peace memorials. Hiroshima is very green! So much parkland or areas filled with just shady trees, compared to every other city we have been to at least.

"GEE WHIZ, THAT BOMB SURE DID SOME DAMAG

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The atom bomb

Melted helmet and bike

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Some of Sadako Saskai's origami cranes

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The monuments and peace museum were quite moving and definitely heartbreaking. Not sure what else to say about those.. Just seeing the blasted out building that is still there is haunting enough... As we were trying to navigate the peace park, a Japanese school choir group was visiting the children's monument. After a couple of moments of silence, they began to sign some songs.


Children's Peace Monument

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This dude really prided himself on his ability to ring the peace bell. Over and over again.

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After the museum and sites, we walked back across the district to the top ranked Okonomiyaki place in Hiroshima. Ordered a big beer and a giant Okonomiyaki. Was great.

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Art museum grounds.

Then, once we scoped out the things to do nearby, we headed off at a fast pace to an art museum that closed in 30 mins. Once there, we took in culture at light speed (special exhibit on Venetian artists) and flew through the museum with time to spare. Then, to the Hiroshima castle. Then, back to the Shinkansen, for an hour and a half trip home... Which lead to us once again eating convenience store food. NO REGRETS.

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YOU CAN'T PAP THE PAPMAN.

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Ew

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Seems to have it all figured out

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Tomorrow: last leg of Tokyo, but possibly Yamazaki first...

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