Friday, February 22, 2008


Miho and I continued our trip through southern Japan with some time in Hiroshima. Hiroshima is obviously famous for having been the target of the first nuclear bomb dropped on Japan during world war two, its now a very big cosmopolitan city and really quite nice. Hiroshima has great atmosphere and also great food including Okonomiyaki ( which you can see in the photo below being prepared. The Hiroshima version of Okonomiyaki involves making the “pancakes” with nothing but egg, the fillings are yours to choose, the Okonomiyaki was fantastic in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima is also famous for it’s street cars, most Japanese cities used to have street cars but have since gotten rid of them. Hiroshima still has them and they have an interesting mix of old and new trams as you can see in the photos below:

We spent a good amount of time visiting the nuclear sites which are quite sobering and at times very depressing, the photo below shows the rubble inside the A Bomb dome:

The A Bomb dome up close (you can see the reinforcing structure which was added to keep the building from falling down):

The dome along with the river and surrounding park, it was very surprising to discover that the dome is right in the middle of the modern city, right across the street it looks like any other modern Japanese city:

The dome as seen from the peace park:

The mound below is the burial site for many thousands of people who died in the bombing, it's in the peace park:

The children's peace memorial:

The monument and everlasting flame:

One of the old trams:

The grounds of Hiroshima Castle:

A family headed to the shrine:

Hiroshima castle

The full set of photos can be found here

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