Riding the bullet train.

Trip Start Jun 09, 2003
Trip End Jun 02, 2007

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Friday, July 18, 2003

I got up early this morning and caught the Shinkansen Train (Bullet Train) from Tokyo to Hiroshima. It took about 4 hours to go 550 miles - pretty fast. The japanese are so polite, the lady walking up and down the train selling food would turn and bow every time she exited the carriage. I found my way to my hotel quite easily, which is very nice - unlike last night.

This afternoon I visited the Peace Memorial Park which was very moving. At 8.15am on 6th August 1945 the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. (The second and last atomic bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, also in Japa). About 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima, and the whole city was virtually wiped out, those that survived were badly injured or died years later from radiation poisoning, those that still survive to this day still suffer side effects. I went to the museum which was full of information about the atomic bomb - some of it was quite disturbing, but it was very interesting. The city now is beautiful, you'd never believe something so awful had happened here. The scary thing is, that the bombs that we have today are thousands of times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb was. Japan is still fighting for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. The peace flame in the park will burn until this is achieved.

Tomorrow I am heading for Kyoto, which is the only original city in Japan that hasn't been completely devasting by earthquakes or bombs.
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