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October 1-2, 2012
Well, Graeme and Bryan's trip to Mio to spread their grandfather's ashes didn't go as smoothly as planned. Their late start didn't help and the typhoon really screwed around with their travels.
After a couple of wrong trains they finally got headed in the right direction on slow local trains. It seems the "Bullet" trains don't operate in really bad weather conditions.
... over to the museum, past an eternal flame in a structure that had a rather large, ominous looking crow that stared at us as we approached. We also passed the children’s peace monument. This is what the plaque on that monument read:
"This monument stands in memory of all children who died as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The monument was originally inspired by the death of Sadako Sasaki, who was exposed to radiation from the atomic ...
... local speciality sold from (and made fresh at) every other shop - maple cakes - basically maple-leaf shaped sponge cakes with various cream fillings. Delicious.
All in all a very relaxing day before our Friday morning talk from a survivor (described in yesterday's blog) before picking up our bags from the Ryokan and returning to Hiroshima station and catching the shinkansen to Osaka and another one the short 15 minute ride into Kyoto.
... to the station to see us off – she’d phoned and we’d exchanged all the news on Monday morning just in case she didn’t get to the station, but it was still good to see her. It was nice to get the furoshiki cloth out to admire it again.
We had a bit of a stop-start train trip to Tokyo, having the train passes meant we couldn't take the fastest train so we had to change at Kobe after about an ...
... Misen, the 535m elevation in the centre of Miyajima. And that’s where we headed next – except we didn’t much fancy the hike, so we cheated and got the ropeway (cable car).
Now, independently of their function in making it vastly easier to ascend high peaks for lazy bods like myself and Miss Shortridge, I’m actually quite a fan of cable cars anyway. They often afford a perspective that you wouldn’t necessarily have ...
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