War and peace
Hiroshima Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
Unfortunately, we didn't give Hiroshima the time it deserved, but our 3-hour day trip revealed a lot about this famous city. Hiroshima is accessible from Kyoto by high-speed train, taking about 2 hours. Because it took us a long time to get ourselves together (sake has that effect on you...), we arrived there close to 4pm and hightailed it straight to the museum - by tram. My initial impression of Hiroshima was thriving, modern, a bit like Melbourne perhaps.
The museum was very, very interesting, full of information about the atomic bomb and the war, and personal stories of survival, horror, death and despair. The collection includes pieces of clothing and hair from people who died (somewhat creepy), drawings from survivors (very sad and disturbing; a lot of them were about not being offer water to people who had been burnt). A visit to the museum is highly recommended, if not essential.
We wandered around the surrounding park, which is full of memorials, as well as a municipal building which partially survived the bomb and still stands as a skeletal reminder of the horrors of the bomb.
Downtown Hiroshima is bustling and we had dinner at a modern little place (sashimi and other seafood and garlic gyoza), before catching the train back to Kyoto. Very glad we made the effort to visit Hiroshima, even though we spent so little time there.