Hiroshima Journals

At the End of the World: Hiroshima

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A December 2009 trip to Hiroshima by michaelhudson

Kyobashi Bridge Photo, Hiroshima, Japan More Photos
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Shukkeien Garden

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Attraction | "In the Shrunken Garden"

Shukkeien Garden Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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A kilometre-and-a-half from the hypercenter of the atomic bomb, Shukkeien Garden, which had been laid out in 1620, one year after the accession of the Asano family to the feudal lordship of Hiroshima, was almost obliterated at a single stroke. Fires ravaged much of what was left, killing many of the refugees who had crawled under the broken trees in search of sanctuary. Most of those who remained alive died later, without ever receiving medical help. Only the rainbow bridge spanning the centre of the pond remained intact.Built shortly after the completion of Hiroshima Castle, Shukkeien, which translates into English as 'shrunken-scenery garden', was designed as a miniaturized mod...Read More

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Shukkeien Garden
Kaminobori-cho
Hiroshima, Japan 730-0014
+81 (0)82 221 3620

Mount Misen

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Miyajima Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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It was the middle of a cold morning on Miyajima, The souvenir shops weren't doing any business, but the photographer in front of the floating Torii gate was seating twenty at a time on two low benches, daytrippers posing for pictures on either side.I left the crowds at Itsukushima Shrine, walking through the tiny town to Daishin Temple, which was, by contrast, an oasis of peace. Water tumbled gently into rock pools, there was the slow tinkle of coins in a donation box, Koi swam in lazy circles around a pond completely still except for the movement of the light. From the highest point of the temple you could see right back across the bay to where the ferry had just come from....Read More

Getting to Hiroshima

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Kyobashi Bridge Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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How to get to Hiroshima? At 36,000 yen the shinkansen cost a lot more money than I was prepared to pay and the Seishun 18, while less than a third of the price, would have left me with one full day in the city and two on the train. The best of the remaining choices turned out to be Willer Express, the biggest of the discount coach operators, who were charging just under 15,000 yen return for their overnight services from Shinjuku to Hiroshima Station. Out of the west exit at Shinjuku Station...Read More

Hiroshima Castle

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Hiroshima Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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It was almost dark by the time I got to Hiroshima Castle. It had stood intact since 1599, as old as the name Hiroshima itself. Five floors, nearly thirty-metres high, a National Treasure with the Imperial General Headquarters situated in its grounds. On the morning of August 6th 1945 it was completely obliterated. Only the moat and the stone foundations survived.Partially restored in the 1950s, what you see today is a replica of the main tower in reinforced concrete (the original was made predominantly of pine wood and had extensive wings on two sides). The interior houses an exhibition on the building's history. At the top, a viewing point looks out across the floodlig...Read More

A-Bomb Dome

Attraction | "The A-Bomb Dome"

A-Bomb Dome Photo, Hiroshima, Japan
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The Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition building was designed as a fusion of the neo-Baroque and Art-Deco styles by the Czech architect Jan Letzel. First opened in 1915 at the heart of Hiroshima's busiest commercial district, its distinctive copper dome became one of the city's best known landmarks. Thirty years later it was also one hundred and fifty metres away from the hypercenter of the world's first atomic bomb. The occupants of the building were killed instantaneously.One of the few structures left standing in the vicinity of the bomb, the building was initially scheduled to be demolished. In 1966, after much deliberation, the local government provided funds to preserve th...Read More

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A-Bomb Dome
1-10 Otemachi
Hiroshima, Japan 730-0051
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