Hiroshima Garden Palace
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... to appreciate the beautiful forests and mountains. The scenery is really lovely, with many different trees, all with different coloured foliage, together with blossoming trees in all different colours festooning the hills and valleys.
You would think by now we would be over the blossoms but they are just so lovely that each one seems to add to the joy of the day. Japan must have the most cherry and plu trees in ...
... reminder of the horrors of nuclear war (and war in general, I guess). There is a very strong push in this city towards nuclear disarmament, with lots of volunteers around the famous bombing sites encouraging tourists and indeed anyone to sign nuclear disarmament petitions. I got bailed up by one of these volunteers at the Atomic Bomb Dome. I signed the petition willingly, noting that the 5 other people who had signed the page before me were all from Australia or ...
... The dome is the only building in Hiroshima that they have preserved as it was in 1945 after the USA dropped the first atomic bomb in history right overhead. It’s a very haunting reminder of the innocent lives taken as a consequence of someone else’s war. It’s hard to get your head around that in just a few split seconds in that very area that thousands upon thousands of people lost their lives.
There were many memorials and statues erected all ...
... and fish ponds along the way. A few wooden planks that were used as bridges were dotted up the river which I used to cross to the other side a couple of times.
I explored up and down the river a little more before deciding to find somewhere to sit down. I remembered seeing a little shop just outside the bus stop that sold shaved ice, a popular Japanese summer treat. Alistair had been raving about Melon Shaved Ice, being his favourite dessert in ...
After several lazy days in Osaka, we took the bullet-train to the city that needs no introduction, unfortunately - Hiroshima.
Due to the weather, the trains were super late (for Japan) and we ended up sitting in a reserved seat although our ticket was not reserved.
Hiroshima has no metro so we took a street car to the hotel, checked in and got upgraded. Again, we were assigned a smoking room which we immediately switched.
We visited the memorial museum ...