Shukkeien Garden and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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our hotel bathrobes (yukatas)

In the morning, we had a little breakfast of pastries in our hotel bathrobes. I also had a moshi ball and rice ball that I got from 7-11 the night before.

After breakfast, we check out and stored our luggage with the concierge and then walked to Shukkeien Garden. The garden was beautiful, with little paths that wound around ponds and trees. While we were there, it rained, so we huddled under some trees to stay dry. We noticed a beautiful Japanese girl in traditional dress having her photo taken by professional photographers. We thought they were wedding photos, but the guy in traditional dress wasn’t in most of the photos and just seemed to escort the girl. She also changed outfits. Then we noticed another couple and their entourage. We kept wandering the gardens, then noticed a third group.

Shukkeien garden (from Linda)
Strange. We think they were taking photos for a calendar, as their outfits were somewhat season-themed. As we were leaving, one woman asked us if we would like to take photos. Then suddenly Linda and I were in a photo with the first girl we had seen, now dressed all in white. We think they wanted a photo of Linda because she was so big (compared to the Japanese women). Neat! As we were leaving, a fourth couple came in.

That garden was very beautiful and peaceful and definitely worth the 250 Yen to enter. We walked back towards the hotel and on to Peace Park. We stopped at a little bakery for lunch and grabbed some pastries for the train ride home.

We walked past the A-Bomb dome again and over to a memorial for Sadako with thousands of little, colorful paper cranes.

first calendar model
It was still raining. We walked past the eternal flame and on to the museum. I was wearing a heavy sweater, but I was starting to get wet.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was a little busy, but very cheap to enter. The main floor had lots of signs explaining the reasoning behind the bombing – but mostly geared towards why the U.S. chose Hiroshima and left out any involvement by Japan that might have warranted an attack. Granted, this was a horrific thing to have happen, but Japan wasn’t completely innocent during World War II. It was interesting to learn that there were 4 options for the bomb and at the specified date and time, Hiroshima was the one with the clear skies. Each of the 4 cities were chosen because they hadn’t received conventional bombing and so the effects of the first atomic bomb could be more completely understood.

Shukkeien garden in the rain

It was just amazing to read the stories and see the artifacts. There were several stories by parents of how their children had survived the bomb, but later died at home. Tattered clothing, broken glasses, school bags. There really wasn’t much for gruesome photos showing the melted or blistered skin. But it was really amazing and really somber. Overall it was nicely done, but I wish there had been more artifacts.

Back into the rain, we hurried back to the hotel, grabbed our luggage and took a cab back to the train station. It was a gloomy ride back to Tokyo.

LostInSpace2010 says:
I was thinking of including Hiroshima to my travel plans but bombing history is so sad and horrifying and I remember those heart-breaking stories from childhood like about Sadako Sasaki so it was too much for me, I didn't go there, may be next time though...
Posted on: Aug 03, 2010
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our hotel bathrobes (yukatas)
our hotel bathrobes (yukatas)
Shukkeien garden (from Linda)
Shukkeien garden (from Linda)
first calendar model
first calendar model
Shukkeien garden in the rain
Shukkeien garden in the rain
Shukkeien garden from under a mapl…
Shukkeien garden from under a map…
Shukkeien garden and bridge
Shukkeien garden and bridge
reflections
reflections
under the bridge
under the bridge
second calendar couple
second calendar couple
girl with umbrella (from Linda)
girl with umbrella (from Linda)
aunt by a footbridge
aunt by a footbridge
curvy path (from Linda)
curvy path (from Linda)
blossoms (from Linda)
blossoms (from Linda)
beautiful Shukkeien garden
beautiful Shukkeien garden
third calendar couple
third calendar couple
winter girl (from Linda)
winter girl (from Linda)
me and Linda with winter girl and …
me and Linda with winter girl and…
the fourth calendar girl (from Lin…
the fourth calendar girl (from Li…
red maple leaves
red maple leaves
Sadakos paper cranes
Sadako's paper cranes
close up of paper cranes
close up of paper cranes
rain drops on flower
rain drops on flower
rainy by A-Bomb Dome
rainy by A-Bomb Dome
Childrens Memorial
Children's Memorial
rainy by Peace Memorial and eteran…
rainy by Peace Memorial and etera…
wet cherry blossom tree
wet cherry blossom tree
tulips by peace bell
tulips by peace bell
from the T-bridge that was the tar…
from the T-bridge that was the ta…
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