2010 04 06 - Hiroshima day 1

Hiroshima Travel Blog

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The Atomic Dome (A Dome). The only thing that was left "standing" after the explosion of the A-bomb

After barely getting any sleep I woke up to meet Sachi at the station. After searching for 30 minutes I still hadn't found her so I figured something had gone wrong with her nightbus. Just in case I let the information desk announce that I was looking for her, but not even I could recognise our names when he pronounced them. I decided to go back to the hostel, take my small travelling bag and leave the big one there and started discovering Hiroshima

Hiroshima looks pretty unharmed by the Atomic bomb 65 years ago, but that is only untill you reach the Atomic Dome where you can see that everything except that one building had totally been levelled to the ground. The Peace Park really radiated peace and featured many well thought out monuments.

A monument to remember all the students that were turned into soldiers and then died in WW2
The Peace Musuem gave a good overview of everything that happened and the new "message of peace and hope" Hiroshima is now sending out to the world. I had kept an eye out for Sachi everywhere but never caught a glimpse of her. There isn't much else to do in Hiroshima so I continued on my daypass for the streetcar (just a tram) to Miyajima.

Miyajima is known as one of 3 most scenic places in Japan and the Ferry quickly showed me why. The symbol in the water is a true eyecatcher, the people, housing/temples, hills and even the deer are all blended so well that it looks like the perfect harmony. There are several walking paths up the mountain (and a ropeway for lazy people) and I decided to be stupid, ignore the pain in my feet and take the hardest route up.

After the war and resurrection of Hiroshima it became a place to promote peace and to promote the abolishment of all nuclear weapons
It was well worth the effort and I actually didn't feel any pain after this anymore. Not even on my way down. Again, no Sachi to be found anywhere.

I decided to go back to my hostel in Hiroshima (day passes are great for cheap travel) only to find out that the hostel was full and that the nearest hostel with a free spot was....back at Miyajima. I used my day pass one more time and several hours after leaving Miyajima I was back. I was pointed to my dormitory, but my bag under the bed .... and Sachi turned out to be sleeping 2 beds away. Not really the day together we had planned, but at least we both knew the other one was ok. We had been at all the same places all day, but just missed eachother. She was taking the early train/bus to Nagasaki and I would stay at Miyajima so we only made a basic "let's try again 2 weeks from now in Tokyo" arrangement. Instead of going to sleep like her I couldn't resist chatting again and I slept through her saying goodbye in the morning.

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The Atomic Dome (A Dome). The only…
The Atomic Dome (A Dome). The onl…
A monument to remember all the stu…
A monument to remember all the st…
After the war and resurrection of …
After the war and resurrection of…
A monument to remember the small c…
A monument to remember the small …
A lot of Japanese soldiers in WW2 …
A lot of Japanese soldiers in WW2…
The peace park is a small, but ver…
The peace park is a small, but ve…
streetcars (just a tram) with scho…
streetcars (just a tram) with sch…
The ferry from Hiroshima mainland …
The ferry from Hiroshima mainland…
Miyajima is a island meant for pea…
Miyajima is a island meant for pe…
Also, Miyajima is famous for makin…
Also, Miyajima is famous for maki…
A beautifull 5 stories Pagode
A beautifull 5 stories Pagode
Wooden puzzles of the some landmar…
Wooden puzzles of the some landma…
My feet hurt before this climb, fr…
My feet hurt before this climb, f…
Yes, there was a way around that b…
Yes, there was a way around that …
...but that wouldnt have been as …
...but that wouldn't have been as…
Eventually I would reach the top o…
Eventually I would reach the top …
Miyajima and Yosemite now rival ea…
Miyajima and Yosemite now rival e…
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