Dubrovnik was for a long time known as Ragusa, and was an independent republic. For over 500 years the Republic of Ragusa defended its independency, in many ways thanks to the massive walls surrounding the city.
As we entered the Daibutsu-den in the temple Todai-ji in Nara, I wasn’t looking at what was inside, I was looking at my friend. I had been here before, seen the Daibutsu before. This was his first time and I wanted to see his reaction.
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. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
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.
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.
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. Continue reading →
I read A Traveller’s History Japan by Richard Tames in June 2015
A Traveller’s History of Japan gives a quick overview of Japan‘s history. From the myths and legend still being told today, the Jomon Culture, the influence from China and Korea, the Meiji restoration through to the Second World War and the Japanese miracle after the war.