Today we travelled from Osaka on the Shinkansen to Hiroshima. All the trains leaving before noon was fully booked so we had to queue up for the reserve car and the queue was terrible! By the time the Train had opened up it’s doors the queue had almost tripled. Luckily for us me and Jose managed to get a seat, some of the business people had to stand up for the 90 minute journey.

Hiroshima

Well known for it’s tragic history Hiroshima is a beautiful place now full of kind people carrying out peaceful lives. The landscape is not at all what I imagined. In some ways the atmosphere reminds me of Broadstairs and Ramsgate in England.

Hiroshima as it looks now
Hiroshima as it looks now
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How the streetcar looks from the outside
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The Japanese streetcar is what we in the west would consider a tram.
Genbaku Dōmu or A Bomb Dome that serves as a memorial today
Genbaku Dōmu or A Bomb Dome that serves as a memorial today
A memorial to the children of Hiroshima
A memorial to the children of Hiroshima

I came across this worn engraving with what used to be letters and whilst what it means is lost on me it may be a tribute to those who perished. There are so many things it could be.

This is the remains of a worn carving which I can only guess it's purpose
This is the remains of a worn carving which I can only guess it’s purpose

The worn engraving above makes the below image more meaningful which is deeply engraved in granite so that it will take (as the geological expert Jose predicts) thousands of years before it wore away. The scripture here labels what the A Bomb dome is and the hope that as a peace memorial they would strive to rid the world of nuclear weapons and never forget that purpose. Before today I have never seen an engraving so deep and I found it very moving that they should wish the script to stand the test of time and the elements to remind all of their determination.

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The newer and deeper engravings

 

Miyajima

After a long 90 minute ride to hiroden-miyajima-guchi we finally took the ferry across to Miyajima as the sunset and it was absolutely beautiful. I took many photographs here and none do the landscape justice which could have been taken from a painting.

Approaching Miyajima island as the sunsets
Approaching Miyajima island as the sunsets

The ferry was quite small compared to the ones in London however I thought they were quite nice.

The deck of the ferry that we took
The deck of the ferry that we took

We will be exploring Miyajima tomorrow and running around petting deer, climbing mountains and taking more photos as usual.