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Apr 6, 2019 - Hiroshima

Our hotel overlooks the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park where we headed after breakfast. The park and Peace Museum are a memorial to the 240,000 people who died as a result of the A-bomb dropped on the center of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It is also dedicated to world peace and the elimination of all wars and nuclear weapons. The museum reminds all visitors of the horrible consequences of the rabid nationalism and xenophobia present in Japan in the first half of the 20th century. We began our visit with a lecture from the daughter of a...

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Apr 5, 2019 - Miyajima Island

First thing in the morning we headed for the Kyoto station to board the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima. The Japanese rail systems is amazing, handling millions of people per day with all trains packed and running exactly on time. The 220 mile trip from Kyoto to Hiroshima took only 2 hours despite five station stops on the way. At Hiroshima we boarded a local train and then a ferry which took us to Miyajima Island. The island contains the Shinto Itsukushima Shine which was built on pilings over the sea almost 1400 years ago. This was...

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Jul 30, 2018 - Okonomiyaki - Pancake or Pizza !

We had tried an Okonomiyaki, 'Japanese Pizza', while in Kyoto, but did not realize there were variations of this popular dish. Evidently there are three basic styles: Osaka style - all the ingredients are mixed together yielding a 'stuffed pancake' entity, the Hiroshima Style - the ingredients are stacked atop a thin 'pancake/pizza', or the Tokyo style - the 'pancake/pizza' batter is poured into the center of a ring shape of the grilled other ingredients; have not yet tried the, Bundt Cake, Tokyo style. Having tried both Osaka & Hiroshima...

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Jul 29, 2018 - A City Remindful of the Past and Hopeful for the Future

Had mixed feelings about visiting Hiroshima sites relating to the Atomic Bombing in 1945. Would it be depressing, over wrought, commercialized/trivialized, or, as I'd read of, a tranquil reminder that peace should be the lesson. The many acre site is mostly green space with various works of art throughout. Walking about for an hour or so one is surrounded by peaceful, pleasant spaces. The shell of the Genbaku Dome is really the most painfully poignant entity in Peace Park. Elsewhere the focus is on rebuilding for a peaceful future. An...

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Jul 28, 2018 - Lucked Out at a Sold Out

I knew there was a home game for the Hiroshima Carps the night we arrived. So, after checking into hotel & leaving luggage, I caught a bus back to the Station. From there it was a ten minute walk to the stadium. And there was no question in which direction to go. I merely joined the Red Sea flowing by me; guess what the home team color is ? Unfortunately when I got to the ticket windows I was told the game was a sellout - not a ticket to be had. Bummer. So I began the walk back to the Station for the bus back to the hotel. But, along the...

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Feb 12, 2016 - Hiroshima Memorial

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Hiroshima and Western Honsho has to say about Hiroshima: “To most people, Hiroshima means just one things. The city’s name will forever evoke thoughts of August 6, 1945 when Hiroshima became the target of the world’s first atomic-bomb attack. Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park is a constant reminder of that day, and it attracts visitors from all over the world. But leafy Hiroshima, with its wide boulevards and laid-back friendliness, is a far from depressing place....

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Feb 11, 2016 - Miyajima Island

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Hiroshima and Western Honsho has to say about Miyajima: “The small island of Miyajima is a Unesco World Heritage sites and is one of Japan’s most visited tourist spots. Its star attraction is the oft-photographed vermillion torii (shrine gate) of Itsukushima-jinga – which seems to float on the waves at high tide – a scene that has traditionally been ranked on of the three best views in Japan. Besides this feted view, Miyajima has some good hikes on sacred Misen,...

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Oct 29, 2015 - Hiroshima

It was dark when we got here last night so I wasn’t aware that outside my window (on the 19th Floor), was a most amazing view across the Hiroshima harbour. Our breakfast, where we could choose between a Japanese or Western menu, was served on the 23rd Floor & no prizes for guessing which menu most of us chose. Some juice, fruit, cereal, toast & an omelette was very welcome although we appreciated the experience of Japanese breakfasts for the last few days. Our hotel is out of Hiroshima which was a bit of an inconvenience last night but...

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Oct 28, 2015 - Koyasan to Hiroshima

This morning we had an early start, joining the monks for prayers at 6:30 then another interesting breakfast but not as elaborate as dinner (only one little table of food dishes each instead of 2 last night). We retraced our route down the mountain to Osaka, with several train changes on the way but our guide is very experienced in keeping us all together. From Osaka, we caught a bullet train to Himeji where we stopped for several hours to have a look at the magnificent Himeji Castle. We had local guides here but our lovely lady had a very...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Hiroshima

Our first Bullet train ride. Mark knew how the station system worked so we found our platform and the gate from which we would stop through the neatly aligned carriage door when it arrived. Although we had been told that with unreserved tickets on a holiday, we might not get a seat, however though train was full we were able to sit. On their way in and out of the carriage staff bowed as they entered and again as they left. Someone has said that the bowing makes the Japanese subservient. It doesnt come across that way, just...

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Jul 22, 2015 - Hiroshima - Peace and Baseball

Hiroshima was another check off the bucket list! I have dreamed of going to the Hiroshima Peace Park for many years. It was someplace important to me to be at least once in my life, and I can’t believe I will get to go multiple times in a single trip! We are going back to attend the Peace Festival there next month, I cannot express how excited I am to attend this! The day started off rainy so we went to the museum first, heart wrenching, humbling, there are not really words for what the people of that city experienced. Most people who know...

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Jul 19, 2014 - Dad in Japan 2--Hiroshima and Osaka

After seeing monkeys in Kyoto, we took the shinkansen to Hiroshima. Our first stop was the Atomic Bomb Museum, a popular destination for Japanese and foreign tourists alike. We arrived at our destination and were immediately pelted by heavy rain, resulting in the purchase of a 500 yen umbrella at 7-11. Once we had moderate shelter from the downpour, we started making our way around the Hiroshima Peace Park, starting with the Atomic Bomb Dome. The hallowed out building is still standing after being very close to were the atomic bomb was...

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