Today we visited Hiroshima; very lovely but also heart breakingly sad. It is nearly 400km away from Kyoto where we are staying, but quite a manageable day trip on a 300km hour bullet train!
Bullet train coming in to the platform
Rod’s phone clocking the speed!
Rod’s father Innes was in Japan as part of the Occupation Forces in 1945 and visited Hiroshima just a few months after the bomb went off. He was photographed in the no doubt quite radioactive site holding a pair of chopsticks he had found.
Innes Stiles [Rod’s father] at Hiroshima in April 1945
It was very eerie and sad to walk around the beautiful park and remember all the people who died there, many of them children.
Chris in the Peace Park
Rod by the dome
Autumn trees along the river
Paper cranes in memory of Sadako
More paper cranes
charred lunchbox belonging to Shigeru, aged 12. He died holding it.
Sadako who died from Leukemia. She was exposed to the bomb aged 2 and tried to make 10,000 paper cranes in the hope that she would be cured. Thousands of cranes are still bought to Hiroshima in her memory [& all the other children who died]
After an interesting but rather gut-wrenching visit to the museum we walked on to Hiroshima Castle. Unlike Nijo Castle which is flat & pretty empty, this castle is five stories high and has some furniture and a display of armour and swords.
a Common Pochard Duck in the moat
A wedding in the park near Hiroshima Castle
Autumn colour from the castle
Tim lifting a Katana
Nick trying on some armour
Hiroshima Castle reflected in the moat
Our bullet train “home”