Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
Trip End Mar 15, 2007

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

I realized this morning that if I wanted to both see Hiroshima and visit Miyajima Island as originally planned I'd be pushed for time so it did not take much pondering to decide to stay for another night at the Aster Plaza, it was not like I had anywhere else to stay tonight.

I first had to go hunting for an ATM machine that accepted foreign issued bank cards to pay for the room though and despite the number of ATMs in the country only a handful accept cards issued outside of Japan despite what cards they say are accepted.

The Peace Park was awash with people and day trippers so I was glad I had my own time there last night rather than have to jostle and queue in line for photos as many did today.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was well worth a visit although it would not be right to describe it as enjoyable given the subject matter on display. There was a large wealth of information about Hiroshima and the events surrounding 8:15am on August 6th 1945 all of it well presented and in a very impartial manner. There was plenty of everyday objects on display that had been warped by the heat of the blast, many of which had a small story alongside it describing what the person, whom the object belonged to, was doing at the time. The weather reflected the mood of most people on leaving the museum as the gray skies where pouring with rain so I figured that I would leave visiting Miyajima island till tomorrow.

With more time on my hands I grabbed a bite to eat and then went over to the newly opened National Peace Memorial Hall for the A-Bomb Victims which houses the names and photos of all known A-Bomb victims. Along with them are the memoirs of those lucky enough to survive to tell their story of what they went through on that day with many all describing either sitting at the beside of a loved one as the lay dying in agony over a matter of days to others explaining how they were unable to find anything at all of those lost. The stories are available in many languages and I spent quite a lot of time here reading through a random sample.

Wandering aimlessly towards the now main shopping area of Hiroshima I came across a small plague marking the exact spot where the bomb exploded, albeit another 600m up in the air directly above (you can't help but look up despite staring at empty sky today thankfully). I didn't really feel like doing much else tonight so I simply headed back to my room and set about doing some much needed washing.
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