Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hiroshima Week 7: Shukkei-en

I visited Shukkei-en Hiroshima in March 2014.

Shukkei-en is a beautiful park in Hiroshima. As so much else in the city, destroyed by the bomb, then rebuilt.

It was March when I visited, the weather was getting warmer. It was a beautiful day, sunny, almost no clouds. Still not too varm, but with a jacket I was far from cold.

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Hiroshima Week 5: A Cathedral in Hiroshima

I visited the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace in Hiroshima in March 2014.

In Hiroshima, not far from the park Shukkei-en, lies the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace. This beautiful church, its design based on monasteries in the middle ages, was built thanks to the effort of father Hugo Lasalle.
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Hiroshima Week 4: Hiroshima Castle

I visited Hiroshima Castle in March 2014.

Today Hiroshima is once again a vibrant city. At night its streets fills with people going to a restaurant, bar or pachinko parlour. Its streets are noisy, packed with people. During the weekend it can be hard to find a table at a restaurant. There are hardly any signs of the atomic bombing left. With some exceptions, only the Memorial Peace Park and Genbaku stand as a remainder of what happened seventy years ago.
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Hiroshima Week 3: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

I visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in march 2014.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb Little Boy exploded over the city of Hiroshima. The explosion killed over 70.000 people instantly. For those who survived the bomb, the future seemed uncertain and grim. Even before the atomic explosion, the common people of Japan had suffered. The military confiscated most of the rice and other foodstuff from the peasants, who were forced scavenge for whatever could be eaten to survive.

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