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(Sauntering about in Hiroshima) - Part II

Wow, I need to get to finish this before it gets too late!! :embarrased:

Well, I said in my earlier post that I went to Hiroshima to celebrate my mom's birthday. Hiroshima had been the place I went every summer as a kid, to visit my grandparents and my relations on my mother's side. After I grew up, I rarely visited and had started visiting again only recently with my mother in old age and no longer able to come to Tokyo as frequently as she did before. The purpose of the visits had strictly been to see my mom, so I never bothered to walk about the city.

This time, however, I decided to check out the city for the first time in a long while. I hadn't been to the Peace Memorial Park and the A-Dome memorial since I was a kid. The reason is the traumatic experience I had as 6 or 7 year old entering the museum there. Although the museum has been renovated and upgraded tremendously, with the exhibits redefined and reorganized to attract visitor interest and concern for the tragedy, it did not have such pleasantries then. It was like I stepped into a morgue--photos of burned mothers holding babies, charred shadows of people, fetuses preserved in formalin.... The exhibits were just placed there with some explanatory inscriptions. It was the most shocking experience of my childhood. That's part of the reason why I never wanted to visit the place again.

Now that I'm older I went to see the park again and check out the A-Dome up close.

Here are some of the pictures I took. It was a wonderful spring day--a great day for photography and my new camera! :oops:

Hiroshima City album on Flickr

Walking around the city, I noticed the people being so much laid back compared to the rush and bustle of central Tokyo. At restaurants, service was slow (compared to Tokyo, that is) but people didn't seem to mind. That was a nice change for me.

The downtown area is smaller in scale but quite crowded, since it was a Saturday. Having lived in Tokyo for nearly 30 years, I liked the small-city setting. (I saw quite a few English conversation schools, too, BK-san! :cool: )

The next day I went to Miyajima to see the Itsukushima Jinja! :)


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