Hiroshima is famous for pretty much one reason, and nothing lets you forget about it more than being in the city itself. Almost every site on the tourist map emphasizes 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 surrounded by national tea gardens.
We enjoy 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.
The A-Bomb Dome, a gigantic federal building that happened to be Ground Zero of the Atomic blast:
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 features 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.
Not a lot to report on the nightlife, drinking stories all sound the same after awhile…