Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima
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... significance and intricacies.
Something I learned later on during a tour of another Shinto Shrine is that cleanliness is very important in Shinto religion. At the entrance to all shrines is a small, flowing pool of water in a trough with a number of long sticks with small buckets on the end of them. By tradition, entrants to shrines are requested to wash their hands and mouths before entering a shrine.
After wandering through the shrine, ...
... headed back to the parking lot to take the bus back into Sandankyo. It only took 15 minutes to get back to parking lot from my position to find the shuttle bus waiting in the car park. There were two other sections on the hiking trail that would have taken another 90 minutes or so to do but unfortunately did not have the time to tackle them.
As soon as the bus clock hit 2pm the bus driver hit the gas and we were on our way back to Sandankyo where ...
... after the detonation. Compared to the other 70,000 who died in the following days, weeks, months and years, they were the lucky ones. I'm feeling so many emotions at this moment, looking around at the landscape, imagining the sheer Hell that had erupted here. The scale of it was staggering. We walked south, towards the Pond of Peace, the Peace Flame and Memorial Cenotaph. There were workers walking around cleaning up the chairs and temporary barriers that had been erected for ...
Soon enough it was time to leave for the stadium. It's out in the sticks a bit and takes about an hour on the train form the middle of Hiroshima. We had to walk through a reasonably crowded shopping precinct to get to the train station causing a lot of laughter and head scratching from bemused locals along the way. The Club had kindly organised tickets for travelling fans so we didn't have to line up we were just shown into ...
... everyone sits on cushions and you get your own little box area to sit in. It can be either 2 or 4 person box. So we sat in our box and watched as the no names fought it out. Ok quick run down on the rules for all of you that aren't sumo aficionados. Firstly the competitors get up slap their belts, stomp their feet and do some squats. Now they carry on a bit and the warm to the fight lasts longer than the actual wrestle, especially when ...