Toyoko Inn Hiroshima Heiwa Odori
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... in the Shogunate era, commencing with a simple wooden structure, written up as 'the tatami-floored restroom of high ranking samurai", developing through the years to include some very decorative ceramic toilets, complete with ceramic foot stands. I just love looking at different toilets!
On the 5th floor of the castle one gets a wonderful view of the outside gardens, moats and the outside modern world.
As we were ...
... like it floats in the ocean. One cultural aspect we learnt that these shrines aren't painted red as we originally thought. They are painted orange all around the country. We were lucky enough to be there in low tide in the morning to walk out to the shrine and then view in the afternoon sunset when it was submersed. We climbed Mount Misen and enjoyed walking amongst the local deer population that is ...
... place I'd come across one. Next to the main counter was a small vending machine with pictures and prices of food on it. You essentially pick what you'd like to eat, make the payment and receive a small ticket with your selection on it, which you then hand over to the person behind the counter who cooks your meal. A very odd way of doing it really.
Unfortunately there wasn't a huge amount of variety in the food available at the cafe and it didn't ...
... lives were taken in the name of war.
Escalators led back up to the ground floor into a theatre room and library that showed accounts of survivors shortly after the blast. Stories of school children without mothers and families trapped under the burning wreckage of their own home were common, showing personal and emotive accounts of survivors and the hardships they endured. It was a fitting tribute to those who survived, some which suffered a fate worse than ...
... save that for our next trip!
We reversed our journey and headed back to Hiroshima. By the time we got there it was dark, but to our delight we learned that there is a Costco near the Hiroshima station that was open until about 8pm! Efren ran out of memory card space on Miyajima (realizing he packed the wrong card), so was looking to buy a new one -- what better place than Costco? We easily found the Costco after walking about 15 minutes from the ...