A moving experience at the a-bomb site and peace memorial museum

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an infrared photo of the A-bomb dome
It's beautiful in a haunting way. The trees next to the A-bomb dome (the building which survived the nuclear bomb) were bare, adding to the somber mood for this place where 140,000 people (not all Japanese!) have died on August 6 and until the end of 1945. I have not felt particularly sorry for the Japanese because they did start the war, and invaded China and caused my parents great pain during the 8 years of war in China (which was much longer than the rest of the world's WWII). But at a non-personal level, having so many lives lost in an instant, children and women, old and young is still not something to think about without pain. Walking the site, and the museum, I was like almost everyone else, not exactly crying, but definitely could at any moment. Holding a tissue paper to wipe my nose from time to time, I could hear others doing the same.
Keivn at the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the museum, to see the 593 Letters of Protest sent out by the city of Hiroshima to the countries with nuclear capability for every nuclear test since WWI, I was sad to think that people have not learned anything from the past. The images of the shadows cast by people, objects from the heat of the blast were very powerful and surreal. We spent about 4 hours at the Peace Memorial Park and the Museum. This is a place everyone should visit.

After the visit, we returned to the hotel, but stopped at the Sogo Department store building next door. I saw the "food street" sign and we went in. Wow, it was quite a place, with so many vendors and all kinds of goodies. We had a blast looking and trying out foods.

In the morning, we made the mistake of eating at the buffet in the hotel. It was expensive and the variety was not that good, nor the quality. We should have gone out a block and found any of the restaurants there. Lesson learned.
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an infrared photo of the A-bomb do…
an infrared photo of the A-bomb d…
Keivn at the Nuclear Bomb memorial…
Keivn at the Nuclear Bomb memoria…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site,…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
me at the Nuclear Bomb memorial si…
me at the Nuclear Bomb memorial s…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
Top of the famous dome, where you …
Top of the famous dome, where you…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
an infrared photo of the skeleton …
an infrared photo of the skeleton…
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
At the Nuclear Bomb memorial site
Across the river, which was full o…
Across the river, which was full …
Cruising boat in the river passing…
Cruising boat in the river passin…
Across from the A-bomb dome
Across from the A-bomb dome
The Peace Bell, where people can r…
The Peace Bell, where people can …
Peace Bell sign
Peace Bell sign
Sign at A-bomb memorial mound
Sign at A-bomb memorial mound
Memorial Mound containing ashes of…
Memorial Mound containing ashes o…
Folded cranes by schoolchildren at…
Folded cranes by schoolchildren a…
more cranes. The story of the litt…
more cranes. The story of the lit…
Memorial for the girl and children…
Memorial for the girl and childre…
Sign at the Childrens Peace Monum…
Sign at the Children's Peace Monu…
The monument for the Koreans who d…
The monument for the Koreans who …
View of the Flame of Peace toward …
View of the Flame of Peace toward…
sculptured bushes next to the walk…
sculptured bushes next to the wal…
Sign of the Peace Memorial Park
Sign of the Peace Memorial Park
The Peace Flame, with Museum in th…
The Peace Flame, with Museum in t…
The Cenotaph, a memorial designed …
The Cenotaph, a memorial designed…
Peace Flame, and A-bomb dome
Peace Flame, and A-bomb dome
The Cenotaph with the Peace Flame …
The Cenotaph with the Peace Flame…
Under the Cenotaph, the inscriptio…
Under the Cenotaph, the inscripti…
View of the Cenotaph
View of the Cenotaph
me in front of the Peace Memorial …
me in front of the Peace Memorial…
one of the many walls with the let…
one of the many walls with the le…
A total of 593 such protest letter…
A total of 593 such protest lette…
Interior, first floor of the Peace…
Interior, first floor of the Peac…
a fireproof (almost) hood worn by …
a fireproof (almost) hood worn by…
A burnt and torn piece of clothing…
A burnt and torn piece of clothin…
An eerie  shadow of a person who w…
An eerie shadow of a person who …
stone surface showing difference b…
stone surface showing difference …
A piece of bridge showing the many…
A piece of bridge showing the man…
ceramics melted by the blast heat
ceramics melted by the blast heat
More object showing the effect of …
More object showing the effect of…
a buddha statue blasted by the heat
a buddha statue blasted by the heat
A piece of wall showing the black …
A piece of wall showing the black…
Very tiny cranes folded by the gir…
Very tiny cranes folded by the gi…
A photography show by someone who …
A photography show by someone who…
In the photography exhibit at the …
In the photography exhibit at the…
a spooky photo showing a shadow of…
a spooky photo showing a shadow o…
the Phoenix tree, which survived t…
the Phoenix tree, which survived …
a fountain inside the Hall of Reme…
a fountain inside the Hall of Rem…
One of the wall panels inside the …
One of the wall panels inside the…
View of restored Hiroshima castle …
View of restored Hiroshima castle…
moshi cream, so many varieties of …
moshi cream, so many varieties of…
beautifully made sweets
beautifully made sweets
how can anyone resist these?
how can anyone resist these?
more sweets of all kinds
more sweets of all kinds
the food streets inside the Sogo…
the food "streets" inside the Sog…
yummy displays
yummy displays
red bean paste pastries
red bean paste pastries
some have other fillings too
some have other fillings too
food vendors in the food street
food vendors in the food street
noodles and other stuff being prep…
noodles and other stuff being pre…
various sushi boxes in the market
various sushi boxes in the market
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