Hiroshima - Amazing and Sad

Trip Start Jul 10, 2008
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Hiroshima Bayside Youth Hostel

Flag of Japan  , Chugoku,
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hiroshima was amazing for seeing Miyajima Island(Itsuku-shima) and sad to go and learn about the effects the atomic bomb had that hit Hiroshima

Miyajima Island

So after 8hrs on the overnight bus i decided to head off to the Island. The famous shrine which the island is famed for, the O-Torii, built  in the sixth century was stunning in its stkye of architecture and was unique in its construction, especially when you see it when the tides comes in. I also went to see the Senjo-Kaku, and the five storied Papgoda. I would explain what these are but i know most of you skim through it.

I then decided to climb Mt Misen which after no sleep on the overnight bus was prob not the best idea. The climb@‚•‚ was difficult especially with the heati‚‚–‚…‚’@30‚„‚…‚‡‚’‚…‚…‚“j and the numerous stairs. Howvere the view from the top was breathtaking and was well worth it, it felt like a mini accomplishment getting up there. From my pictures yo‚• will see i look a little shattered to say the least. The island is also famous for there wild deer who eat anything including trying to take a bite of my map. they also have monkeys who are particularly friendly but i dont have pictures of as by that time my camera died of juice.

Peace Memorial Park, Museum and other monuments

Peace memorial museun
I am so glad i went to this a sit gave me a real insight what kind of effect this tragic event had. Although i knew about the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima on 6 Aug 1945, 8.15am, i had no idea what real effect it had. To try and quantify this a little, the population of hiroshima b4 the bomb was 350,000, of that number by the end of 1945 140,000 of those died. When reading the events prior it felt like it was easily aviodable and the reasoniong behind it was trivial, but that isnt a debate i want to go into.
Peace memorial park
There are many monuments in this park, here are a few:
Flame of Peace: this flame will not be extinguished until all nuclear bombs are destroyed
Cenotaph: this was built in remebrance of all 140,000 people that died
Children`s peace monuments: Inspired by Sadako Sasaki - she believed if she built 1000 cranes her wish to stay alive would come true, unfortunately she did pass away but thsi has lead to a nationwide bout of paper crane making, which continues today
A- bomb dome: thsi building was dismantled by the bomb and is held in remembrance for the tragedy that once hit this city
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