Today we traveled to Hiroshima. This was one of the places I was most excited about, simply because of its past. It’s incredible to think I was standing in the spot that a few decades ago was destroyed by a massive atomic explosion. It was a very solemn experience indeed. After we arrived, we took the streetcar to the Dome, the famous building that partially withstood the massive explosion. It was awe inspiring to be standing next to it, in real life.
Many efforts have been made to make sure this building continues to stand strongly today. It is necessary for this to remain as a monument to peace and to show the horrible outcomes that only result with war, especially nuclear war.
Near the dome were some monuments centered around cranes, Hiroshima’s well known symbol for peace. There are thousands of paper cranes that people hang on this monument,
There is also an eternal burning flame in memory of the ones who died.
After seeing the monuments, we went to the museum that explains the bombing and the aftermath. It was incredibly interesting, and extremely gruesome in some parts. It even showed pictures of individuals with skin that was literally melted, draping off of their bones as they were still alive. A very good testament to eliminate atomic bombs for good, indeed.
After our sight seeing was finished in Hiroshima, we took the streetcar to the ferry, and took a short boat ride to Miyajima. This is a small island just off the coast of Hiroshima. It is largely mountainous, with a small village at the base. It has a famous Torii Gate that is in the water, and when the tide is high it looks as if it is floating. This island was incredible to say the least.
The famous Torii gate is visible in the distance.
There are deer that roam the island, and are very friendly. You can approach them and pet them and play with them, and they roam free without any care. They are technically wild, but very domesticated and kind. One deer in particular wanted to come into the hotel. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t tall enough to activate the automatic door sensor. He stood there for a few hours just watching through the door quietly.
After dinner, I walked around alone to take in the ocean view. It was very nice. I walked down to the Torii gate to see if I could find any crabs on the beach.
I went back to the Ryokan to go to bed.
One of my favorite destinations so far.