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Travel Blogs from Hiroshima
... on the terrible results of war and left me shaking my head in disbelief that we still continue to find reason to kill each other.
The grounds of the memorial park has many memorials to various aspects of that terrible day in 1945. As well as the Atomic Dome a building left as it was after the bomb blast a silent statement that we really never want an atomic war again.
After visiting the memorial we headed off to Osaka castle which like ...
... and have a lie in.
We didn't want to waste the beautiful, sunny day entirely so in the afternoon we ventured across the city to the Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial Museum.
There's not an awful lot to say about this that you won't have already guessed.
One of the buildings which survived the bombing – the A-bomb dome – has been deliberately preserved in it's rubbled state so that people ...
... survivors talking about their own experience on the day was very moving, with most of them relating the horror of the time and the sadness that has influenced their lives since.
It is a triumph to the people of Hiroshima that they have resurrected their city out of the ashes and have devoted themselves to peace. On the cenotaph memorial are the words "Let all the souts here rest in peace for we shall never repeat the evil".
Quite a day!
... thorough the moat seemingly without a current. It was at this point I had seen everything and departed the castle area.
On my walk back to the station I happened upon another activity that I hadn’t seen before. It was called the “Shukkeien Garden” or in English a garden of miniatures. It was apparently designed to showcase miniature versions of some of the best sites and gardens in japan in one small garden. I entered and began my ...
... much more informed and amazed at how the Japanese have rebuilt Hiroshima into the vibrant, beautiful city it is today.
We visited 'Shukkei-en' a garden built in 1620 for daimyo (domain lord) Asano Nagaakira. It was modelled after Xi Hu (West Lake) in Hangzhou, China. The garden's name means 'contracted view' and it attempts to create grand vistas in minature, which it succeeds very well in doing so. A whole day could be spent here. Pathways lead you through ...