Hiroshima Garden Palace
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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 ...
... Hiroshima Carp hosted the Chunichi Dragons. It doesn't matter where it's played, baseball is baseball. However, I must admit, there are a few differences in the stands. No hotdogs!! What is going on in Japan? I looked high and low and no hotdogs. I had to settle with Octopus (or it could have been squid, I'm not sure) on a stick with a cup of fish fries that look like ...
... they love over here. Check out the bento box I got on the train... I asked for beef... Got everything except beef (see pics) En route to K's hostel where I'm staying I met Andrew who was also on his way to K's. We checked in and went straight out sight seeing. We saw the Castle, A Bomb dome and the Hiroshima bomb memorial, finishing off with the museum. I was so emotionally strained afterwards, the museum is ...
... was dropped on the city in 1945. They have preserved the building and it is an amazing experience to see it standing with the new modern city of Hiroshima surrounding it. So hard to believe that this beautiful city was completely flattened by a single bomb killing 200,000 people and destroying 80 percent of houses up to a 3 km radius. We visited the children's peace memorial and watched classes of school pay their respects and lay ...
... is consumed by the waves, while during low tide, you can walk up to it and take a few pictures!
In all, Hiroshima, while a sad place, had an atmosphere of hope to the city that was definitely unexpected. The young culture and the lively downtown area reminded me that although they were struck with such a catastrophic history, hope and tradition is what ultimately gives them the energy to continue.