Ark Hotel Hiroshima Minami
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The overnight bus was spacious but really uncomfortable, neither of us slept well. For some reason Japanese people love to speak over the tannoy for the entirety of your journey to prevent you sleeping.
The hostel was really close but it was only 6am and the hostel check in was not till 3pm. The night staff invited us in to wait for the receptionist who started at 8am so we lazed about until we could store our bags. Raincoats on and umbrellas up, we were in for a wash out of ...
... to call it obsessive, that sounds too clinical. Let's just say that my mindfulness becomes laser focused. Anyway, it seemed like everywhere I looked I was witnessing this phenomena of new and old. It started out in the park. I happened to notice two elderly gentlemen grappling with the workings of a cell phone. I could relate to their challenge. What was amusing to me was ...
... the structure as a visual of the destructive power of atomic weapons.
The Peace Park is very well done - understated yet very powerful. I don't think you can leave with dry eyes. Natalie was pretty disturbed by the whole idea of war and 140,000 people being obliterated in an instant. However, it was certainly an experience that she - and we - will never forget. The best gift we can give the people ...
... going up taking the most eatern and very quiet route. It is a contious climb and takes about 2h before you reach the top... But what a sight! You can see forrested little islands all around and ships in clear blue waters... At the top there was another temple and it had a great view on Hiroshima. Went back by cable car... Which was nice and treated myself on an oyster meal... Becoming an expert on oysters... I prefer the Chinese ones from Xiamen! ...
... and bridges did remind me of Kyoto.
The A-Bomb Dome itself is a a former government building that sat almost directly under the blast. The heat and shockwave blew out the entire building and killed everyone inside (and within 1km), but the building mostly remained standing. Eventually it was preserved with some supports, to remain standing for all time.
Nearby was an extensive museum dedicated to the experience of those ...