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... The ashes from tens of thousands of victims are in this mound. Next I made my way to the Children's Peace Monument. This monument was originally inspired by the death of Sadako Sasaki who died ten years later from Leukemia a result of exposure to the radiation from the bomb when she was 2 years old. Believing that folding a thousand paper cranes would make a wish come true Sadako folded paper cranes through out her sickness but her wish did not come true. There ...
... and took the gondola up the mountain, choosing hike down instead. We conversed about Japan for a while then headed back downstairs to have our Bento boxes for lunch.
A hikers hunger made short work of the Bento boxes. Alistair and David were feeling better now and were happy to join me for the hike down the mountain. Just as we were about to head down I got trapped by some Japanese tourists who asked me to take a photo of them in front on a Mount ...
... the only people walking down our side of the road, the other side was completely packed. It soon became obvious as beads of sweat dripped down the arches of our backs, we were in the sun and the other side of the road was in the shade. A few times at pedestrian crossings we would approach up to the edge of the curb to wait for the green man only to turn around and see everyone else waiting about 10 feet behind us, it's all in the search of shade. Us sun seekers ...
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I was heading for Japan in a few weeks and was eager to find out how the Japanese portrayed the war, both the attack on Pearl Harbor and the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima 4 years later.
I took an early ride on the Japanese 'Bullet Train' today, enjoying it's smooth ride, wide seats and roomy leg space. There are tables to fold down in front and electrical outlets ...
... killed by the bomb. Since 1945 many others have died of cancer and radiation and mental illness.
When I left the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum I had such a heavy heart, I wished to find a quiet corner of a Catholic Church to pray a rosary for those por souls, as well as all those still alive. I guess a moment in a Buddhist Temple with have to suffice.
Thanks again, Hilton Hotel for giving me something special to share with my students. ...