Touring the islands & learning from our mistakes
Trip Start Jul 27, 2006
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Thursday was a national holiday (spring equinox day), and I was able to take Friday off of work so we picked up some rail passes and road the shinkansen (bullet train) to Hiroshima. I decided to take my family here because it's one of my most favorite places in Japan, and because I think it's important that all people visit Hiroshima to learn about the destruction that nuclear weapons cause.
When we got in to Hiroshima, we went right in for our education... walking around the beautiful Peace Park, the Genbaku Dome (Atomic Bomb Dome), and going through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It was a little windy, and the park was more barren than when I went before in May- but it was none the less beautiful. I got the same happiness high walking through the park, that I experienced 5 years before. Alana found the park a little jeering, which shows that different things speak to people in different ways.
For me the park is a place of serenity, education, and hope.
After our Peace Memorial experiences, we sauntered through the famous shopping street and went on to the Okonomiyaki village to try some Hiroshima okonomiyaki. It wasn't a big hit with the family, which surprised me. Okonomiyaki (a cross between pizza and a pancake) is one of my most favorite foods in Japan- but of the 3, dad was the only one who was able to eat more than a few bites. Shocking considering that it's packed full of cabbage and other vegetables.
The next morning we got up early and went to Miyajima to visit Itsukushima during high tide (the famous shrine on the beach with the tori in the ocean.) We went through the shrine and saw a wedding and a dance performance there.
Later that day we hopped back on the train and went to visit Iwakuni. We visited the Kintai bridge, rode a cable car up to Iwakuni's castle, and waltzed through various shopping streets and vendors.
Saturday I got a little break at the tour guide game, when we met up with Isaac, one of my friends who lives in Hiroshima.
Where I stayed