I visited Outsider Global Lounge in Hiroshima in March 2014
I walked through the book store, looked at every book shelf, was quite impressed by their selection of English books, this being Japan. I have never found many books in English for sale in Japan. Here I found many interesting books, was tempted to buy a few.
I had a Bento box on the train from Hiroshima to Hakata in March, 2014
As the train left Hiroshima behind, still almost two hours before it arrived in Hakata, I got settled in my seat, got my bento box and a can of beer out of my bag. A bento box containing oysters, a Hiroshima specialty. It smelled delicious, tasted even better.
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 →