Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Day 266 - Hiroshima History

While there were some more grey clouds over Hiroshima it didn't mater today. The day was meant to be spent visiting the Peace Park and very good museum there so there was not all that much outdoor activity planned.

Before heading to the Peace Park a quick visit to the nice Hiroshima castle was in order and despite me not going in this time, the grounds are quite nice and some exhibitions are free to view.

After the castle, it was time to head to the Peace Park and I started with the A-Bomb Dome, probably the most striking and prominent reminder of what happened here.

Going past the children's memorial and seeing all the colourful, folded paper cranes from all over the world is as powerful a symbol as the dome.

The museum itself is a must visit as it depicts everything that happened before and after the bomb very well without pointing any fingers. It is one of the best museums because it uses no propaganda but lets the facts speak for themselves and you can draw your own conclusions, it also does not fail to look at the Japanese side with an honest view and reflects on what lead to the events that unfolded here.

You should definitely take enough time for the museum and spend half a day in there as it's well worth and very educational.

Late in the afternoon it was time to take the Shinkansen to Himeji.

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