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... that I was travelling to. As he had wireless internet and an understanding of written Japanese at his disposal, two things I lacked, I decided to ask him if there was any risk of tsunami. Images of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 with the black, boiling, surging tsunami wave sweeping across the countryside and obliterating everything in its path came to mind. The man sitting beside me informed me that there was "no problem", waved his hand dismissively, ...
... times in the UK. Underlining the misery of the conditions was that at the first stop an elderly man who had collapsed and been sick on himself had to be carried from the train and put in a wheelchair. This was far from my dream of life on a bullet train. The conditions continued for just under two hours, when at Osaka - a huge city - the majority of passengers cleared out and I was finally rewarded with a huge ...
... of the time taking people shots, which is no surprise to anyone. So we split up and I went down to look at the area closer to the Peace Museum.
The original paper cranes were made by a little girl who had cancer as a result of the radiation poisoning at the age of 2. She thought that if she could fold 1000 paper cranes, she could be cured. She died at the age of 12 in 1955 before she could finish her task. Her classmates decided to finish folding the cranes ...
... site (hypocentre). If the intense heat and blast waves weren't enough toxic black rain soon followed. Of the nearly 350,000 people that were in Hiroshima that day over half of them died or would eventually die from exposure related diseases.
As you walk around Hiroshima you will see little remnants of this devastation. It has built itself back up to a prosperous city with commercial streets rivaling that of Tokyo ...
... life, and life size houses. This one is a must see.
To round off day one I ventured to Akibhara Electric town. This is the home of all things anime and computer games. One can't help but notice the over sexualised computer generated figures that are frankly, everywhere. The plethora of neon and shear number of formats of anime, including books, dvds, porn, magazines, comics and of course computer games has to be seen to be believed, I was a little bit blown ...