Hi everybody, and thank you for reading my blog! The past few weeks have been quite relentless in school, but now the first exams of the semester are done. Today, my classes were cancelled due to the typhoon weather. I’ve caught up on much needed sleep, and thankfully have time to tell about my trip to Hiroshima this past weekend.
My companion and I left from Osaka at 7:30AM Saturday morning for Hiroshima by bus. We used Willer Express, which turned out to be extremely affordable (¥5,100~ one way). The bus was also fairly comfortable, so I had no trouble sleeping the entire trip, but not without an eye mask.
We arrived in Hiroshima at 1:30PM. My first impression was how much smaller Hiroshima is than Osaka, though I prefer smaller. More people spoke English to us than during a typical trip to Osaka, so Hiroshima seemed to be more popular for tourism.
At 3:30, my dear friend Saki arrived by train. Saki went to my university for two years, and now I’m here in her country. Seeing her was wonderful.
First we spent time in the peace park.
This is the A-dome where the nuclear bomb was dropped.
This is the statue commemorating the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”
“Sadako Sasaki was exposed to the A-bomb when she was two years old. Ten years later, she entered the Red Cross Hospital with radiation-related leukemia. Believing the old tale that folding a thousand paper cranes would make her wish come true, she tried steadfastly to recover from her illness by folding paper cranes. Despite her valiant effort, her brief life ended after an eight-month struggle. Sadako’s death triggered a movement to build a monument to all the children who perished due to the A-bomb, and the Children’s Peace Monument was erected in the Peace Memorial Park using donations received from all over Japan. Today, the story of Sadako has spread across the world and her paper cranes are considered to be an international symbol of peace.”
These are a few of the paper cranes art works submitted this past August 6th (the date Hiroshima was atomically bombed).
After the park, we went to the Peace Memorial Museum. I had not originally intended on going inside, because I thought “What could they possibly display to be that interesting?”. I was extremely wrong in thinking that.
This is the only picture I took. It was at the beginning of the museum- a depiction of a school girl stumbling about between life and death, her skin melting away. I was engaged the entire time, thus I did not take any other pictures. The museum was moving and I found myself at times holding back tears. I definitely recommend visiting it to anybody ever in the area.
Afterwards, Saki took us to eat Hiroshima style okonomiyaki! Yum!
We also got to see the castle from afar, which was ironically also Saki’s first time to see Hiroshima castle.
Around 10PM, Saki left us to return home. What a day it was, and I cannot wait to see her again.
That night consisted of Karaoke and hanging out with local Japanese we met. They did not know much English, so I got lots of much wanted and needed practice.
So far, Hiroshima has been my favorite place of Japan. I hope to go back soon, and cannot wait for the opportunity to do so.
Up next- My Sunday at Miyajima island, so stay tuned.
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