Hiroshima27 nov. 2014
This morning, we said bye to Kei and took the Shinkansen to Hiroshima (1h30 from Osaka going at 320 km/h).
Arriving in Hiroshima, we left our backpacks at our hotel and after lunch, we went to explore the city. We started with the Peace Memorial Park. We all know Hiroshima from our history book as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces dropped an atomic bomb on it at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II.
We visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which relates what happened that horrible day. It is very well done and deeply affecting. The purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is to not only memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and advocate world peace.
The Atomic bomb dome serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation. The dome was located 160 meters from the hypocenter of the atomic blast. The ruin is a symbol of Hiroshima, conveying the horror of nuclear weapons and appealing for world peace. In 1996, the dome was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
From there, we headed to Hiroshima Castle, a beautiful caste (and also a museum, but it is not worth the visit). Then, we walked to Shukkeien, a beautiful and peaceful Japanese garden, popular for wedding photos.
We went back to our hotel walking through busy shopping streets.
After relaxing, we went out for dinner by strolling among the wonderful Christmas lights on the Peace Boulevard. It is amazing and unbelievable what they have in Hiroshima. And it is crazy knowing that Christmas is not a Japanese tradition at all…
For dinner, we had a delicious Okonomiyaki made in front of us. In Hiroshima, they cook it in a different way : a fine crepe with cabbage, soya, tenkasu and pork, noodle with mochi (rice), cheese and an egg, all put together and you add barbecue sauce on top. It was so oishii (delicious)!!!!