Heartbreaking Hiroshima

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

Bullet train coming in to the platform

Rod's phone clocking the speed!

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

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

Chris in the Peace Park

Rod by the dome

Rod by the dome

Autumn trees along the river

Autumn trees along the river

Paper cranes in memory of Sadako

Paper cranes in memory of Sadako

More paper cranes

More paper cranes

charred lunchbox belonging to Shigeru, aged 12. He died holding it.

charred lunchbox belonging to Shigeru, aged 12. He died holding it.

Sadarko 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]

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.

Shrine statue

Shrine statue

a Common Pochard Duck in the moat

a Common Pochard Duck in the moat

A wedding in the park near Hiroshima Castle

A wedding in the park near Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle

Autumn colour from the castle

Autumn colour from the castle

Tim lifting a Katana

Tim lifting a Katana

Nick trying on some armour

Nick trying on some armour

Samurai Armour

Samurai Armour

Hiroshima Castle reflected in the moat

Hiroshima Castle reflected in the moat

Our bullet train "home"

Our bullet train “home”

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3 Responses to Heartbreaking Hiroshima

  1. Pamela Joyce says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I remember going to see some paintings called The Hiroshima Panels years ago. Once seen never forgotten. I am glad you saw a wonderful castle as well.. Love to all
    Mum .

  2. Jenny says:

    There were quite a few photos of burnt people & horribly sad accounts of children [who made up a huge number of the dead]. It is however a beautiful place now & there are lots of positive and peaceful monuments as well.

  3. 4cassandra says:

    It all sounds like an experience to treasure and remember despite the sad element !

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