Monthly Archives: July 2015

Hiroshima Week 2: Genbaku (A-bomb) Dome

I visited the Genbaku (A-bomb) Dome in Hiroshima in March 2014.

On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was used in war for the first time in history. At 8:16 in the morning, the uranium-type bomb ‘Little Boy’ exploded over the city of Hiroshima, Japan. The destruction was massive.

Little Boy had its uranium divided in two, and used an explosion of gun powder to make the two parts crash into each other and reach critical mass for a nuclear chain reaction. This chain reaction in only one kilogram of uranium caused a nuclear explosion equal to 16 kilotons of TNT.

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Hiroshima Week 1: The City and the Bomb

On August 6,1945, at 2:45 am, the plane Enola Gay and two others set out from Tinian, a small pacific island in the Marianas. Ten days earlier, the Allies had issued the Potsdam Declaration, calling for the unconditional surrender of Japan, or the country would face ‘prompt and utter destruction.’ In the hold of Enola Gay was the instrument to deliver that destruction.
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Shinkansen (Bullet Train)

I have taken the Shinkansen many times. The following was written in July, 2015

I am currently on the Shinkansen, the bullet train, travelling from Tokyo to Osaka. The Japanese bullet trains are famous throughout the world, known for their speed and ability to run on time. Coming from Norway, where you expect the trains to be at least twenty minutes late, it was quite a shock to experience the Japanese train system, where a twenty second delay on average would be considered a scandal.

Shinkansen

The front of the train

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My trip to Japan is only days away

It is not long before I go now, less than three days. My trip to Japan is only days away. Now I just need to get packed, print all my tickets and not miss my flight. I have never missed a flight before so I don’t think that will be a problem. Now I probably jinxed it.

Shibuya Crossing on a trip to Japan

Shibuya Crossing. World’s most busiest intersection.

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I visited the Warrior Celt in Ueno, Tokyo several times in March 2014.

Trains in Tokyo don’t run at night. If you are out drinking and miss your last train home you can take a taxi if you live close, or find another place to sleep.

A capsule hotel is one solution. Another is to find a bar which allows their patrons to sleep at the table.

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A crazy night in Gion, Kyoto

The following episode happened in the Gion District in Kyoto in October, 2012.

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We left the bar disappointed. When you enter a bar called the Basement Rock Pub, you have certain expectations. Rock music over the PA is one. What you don’t expect is to find a bar on the fourth floor playing only jazz. We had one beer before we left.

The streets of Kyoto

The streets of Kyoto.

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