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  • Day19

    Hiroshima

    May 15, 2017 in Japan

    Forever engraved in peoples memories as the victim of the first Atomic Bomb to be dropped on a city; Hiroshima is once again a thriving, beautiful and interesting place. Many of its pre atomic attractions have been restored to thier former glory such as Hiroshima Castle and the Shukkeien Gardens which I visited on this trip. When I came here back in October 2016 I visited the Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb site and memorials and it is a very moving experience to ring the Peace Bell in the centre of the park and to experience the memorial Exhibition hall with its horrors and reminders of what man is capable of doing to man.

    This visit I focused more on the beautiful places in the city and spent time at thefamous Shukkeien Gardens. Shukkeien translates as Shrunken Scenery and there are little landscape scenes everywhere you look and also the hallmarks of Japanese Gardens everywhere, the lakes and bridges and gnarly trees. The lakes are teaming with Carp which is the cities mascot - they also have a famous Baseball team called the Hiroshima Carp - and feeding them results in a frenzy of multi-coloured fish bodies.

    Hioshima Castle, sometimes called Carp Castle or Rijo, was destroyed by the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945 but was rebuilt in 1958, a replica of the original. Unlike Osaka castle this one retains some atmosphere and authenticity and is set in beautiful grounds which also contain a Shrine and other buidings. Its been another glorious sunny day with temperatures in the high 20's and today there is also a cooling breeze which is nice.

    I arrived here by Marine Liner and Shinkansen from Takamatsu; the Marine Liner is a particularly cool jouney as it traveserses the Seto Ohashi bridge across the Seto inland Sea.

    Tomorrow I will head out into uncharted territory to the west of here and inland; a place I discovered while browsing Japan destinations and sites of interest online...
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  • Day43

    Hiroshima

    October 14, 2017 in Japan

    Our choice to go to Hiroshima was more out of convenience: on our way South, a big city so opportunity for some shopping maybe... We discovered a pleasant modern city with at its heart the peace memorial park, very sober yet so telling.

    The chief hotel booker realized though that there had been a mistake: the guesthouse booked is not in Hiroshima city itself but on Miyajima island... A blessing in disguise! We took the ferry in the evening and were blessed to discover the island at night, almost to ourselves with a magnificent view on Itsukushima-jinja, most commonly known as the floating torii. When you think that the construction dates back to the late 6th century and that for centuries commoners were not allowed to set foot on the island but had to approach by boat through the torii, I feel even more grateful for having seen it in these circumstances.
    We stayed in a fantastic guesthouse, with a tatami style room overlooking the Japanese style garden and the bay further away. As I said, a blessing in disguise!
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  • Day15

    On to Hiroshima

    July 12, 2016 in Japan

    Heart shape (fish farm?) in the rice field on our way from Uno Port to Chayamachi (Sunday). We left Naoshima around 1 and headed to Hiroshima. This departure was a couple hours earlier than planned so we were way ahead of our reservation on the Shinkansen from Okayama. We boarded a nonreserved car and got into Hiroshima about 4:30 and checked into the Hotel Granvia attached to the shinkansen station. This hotel was great for many reasons. We went to the hotel's Japanese restaurant where we each had different multi-course meals. Mine included sashimi, soup, corn rice, tempura, a bunch of mystery small plates (most edible), tsukemono, grilled fish, and a fig dessert. Since Monday was supposed to be raining, we decided to ride the tram out to Miyajimaguchi. I was feeling pretty good by then, so I made the big mistake of eating a choco-match donut. That donut stayed with me the whole day, ugh, so that by the end of the day I was again feeling crappy. The ropeway on Miyajima was not operating, so we walked around Utsukushima and up to the Dainsho-ji on Mt. Misen. The temple had two amazing sand paintings and a pitch black underground passageway with barely illuminated pictures of assorted gods. You had to keep your hand on the smooth wood wall to guide yourself through the passage. We had to make an emergency visit to the dentist for Laura's now-traditional vacation episode. The staff at the hotel were great despite my limited toddler vocabulary. And, we managed to communicate with the dentist enough too. All is well now, but no more shellfish for us -- she suspects the oyster shell dislodged the crown.Read more

  • Day20

    Hiroshima & Miyajima island

    October 11, 2016 in Japan

    S ochtends vanuit Kyoto met onze koffers weer de trein (Shinkansen, heééeele snelle trein) ingestapt naar Hiroshima, dat ging goed! Minder druk dan vorige keer, we waren lekker op tijd en hadden een plekje vooraan in de rij.
    Treinen & metro's rijden hier stipt op tijd en stoppen ook altijd op dezelfde plek. Er staat op het perron aangegeven waar de deuren zijn en de Japanners staan bij deze plekken netjes in een rij achter elkaar te wachten. Dus niet dringen bij het naar binnen gaan. Goed geregeld!

    We blijven maar 1 dagje in Hiroshima, ons hotel ligt gelukkig vlakbij het station. Snel ingecheckt, spullen achtergelaten en op pad. Hmm bussen, metro's, trams, streetcars? Het OV gaat hier weer net wat anders. We stappen een bus in naar het Memorial Park, Nash kan eigenlijk niet meer stilzitten en ook blijkt dat we in de verkeerde bus zitten. Tevens hebben Paul en ik nog niet gelunched, dus we beginnen lichtelijk geïrriteerd te raken.
    Bus uit, Nash ff lopen, taxi aangehouden en 2 straten verderop eruit, we zijn er! (Viel allemaal wel mee hoe ver we uit de richting waren).

    Nash en ik rondje Memorial Park en Paul op zoek naar eten!
    Bij de A-Bomkoepel op een bankje wat gegeten. Niet voor te stellen dat bijna heel de stad in 1945 weggevaagd is door de atoombom. Alleen die ene koepel is voor een deel blijven staan. 10.000 mensen waren op slag dood en in de jaren erna meer dan 180.000 personen.

    Na het eten waren we weer vol goede moed en hebben we vanuit het park de boot genomen naar Miyajima eiland. Hier lopen tamme herten rond, die bij alle mensen om eten staan te bietsen. (Net Dushi) Nash vond ze maar niks.

    Het eiland staat bekend om een oranje poort die bij eb uit de zee oprijst, het eiland staat ook op de werelderfgoedlijst.
    Wij richting de poort gelopen, langs allemaal toeristische tentjes, ja ze weten het hier mooi te verkopen!
    Het begon al vloed te worden en donker, achter ons gingen 1 voor 1 de tenten dicht en zo krijgen ze dus ook alle bezoekers weer van het eiland af. Bij de laatste tenten gaat iedereen nog snel een souveniertje kopen en in de rij staan om wat te eten.
    Wij zijn doorgelopen en hebben aan de rand bij een tentje binnen Noodles gegeten, Paul met gebakken oesters en ik samen met Nash met vis. Het werd voor je neus bereidt en was echt lekker! Gerechten ongeveer tientje per stuk, dus dit was een goedkope avond 😉.

    Met een andere boot teruggegaan naar het vaste land, vanwege onze speciale JRtreinpas was dit gratis en laatste stukje met de trein naar Hiroshima/hotel. Bekaf!

    Morgenochtend ff rustig opstarten en dan pakken we de koffers en gaan we richting Nagasaki.
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  • Day46

    מוזיאון מעניין שמראה את ההשפעות של פצצת האטום על חייהם של האנשים, בין אם זה אלה שאיבדו את משפחתם, או אלה שהיו צריכים לחיות עם נזקי הקרינה לאורך כל שארית חייהם.
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  • Day6

    Not the only tourist here

    March 26, 2017 in Japan

    So yesterday I visited Hijemi castle with Etsuko and her parents. It was very crowded since it is the nice season with the cherryblossom. They haven't been blooming yet, they will soon show their pinkness. We couldn't visit the inner part of the castle because I had a train to catch to Hiroshima. After some Sushi I took another Shinkansen to this city and headed to the Memorial Mueseum. I've never been in a Museum with so many people. That was crazy. Nevertheless it left some impressions on me. Difficult to imagine that such a man made catastrophe really happened and all this hurt and pain it left behind. Very sad. And we still do not learn from it.
    After this how-it-feels-to-be-a-sardine-experience I took a walk to Hiroshima Castle and then took the Shinkansen to Osaka. In the train I met a Southafrican couple, we had a nice chat so the train ride was over quickly. I changed train in Osaka and headed back to Tokyo which feels kind of home already.
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  • Day13

    Guttsuri

    October 27 in Japan

    Ein glückliches Händchen haben wir bei der Wahl dieses Restaurants - von außen kaum zu erkennen und in einer Gegend, in die man sich sonst nicht verirrt.
    Der kleine Laden entpuppt sich als Seafood Paradies... wir schlemmen uns durch Austern, Sashimi, Jakobsmuscheln, Seafood Salat und Barakuda.... es geht uns also mal wieder richtig gut.

  • Day13

    Tanpopo Restaurant - Hiroshima

    August 8, 2017 in Japan

    Okonomiyaki Hiroshima style and at a great little "ma & pop" place that not only showed us how to eat it but treated us very well (& I believe talked with us and put up with us until 27 mins after close). We also met a very nice man, Kenji, who talked with us a bit about the area, travel, and showed us some of his beautiful travel blog (with photos of Cuba, etc).
    We both think this may be our overall favorite Japanese food so far!!!
    The Hiroshima nihonshu was also quite good.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hiroshima, هيروشيما, Хирошима, Hirošima, Χιροσίμα, Hiroŝimo, هیروشیما, Hiroxima - 広島市, הירושימה, हिरोशिमा, HIJ, ひろしま, ჰიროსიმა, 히로시마 시, Hirosima, Hiroxima, Hiroșima, Хиросима, ฮิโรชิมา, Hiroşima, Хіросіма, 廣島市

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