Friday, August 19, 2011

Hiroshima


Introducing the Deer of Miyajima...


This is Riku. He enjoys people-watching, ice cream and chewing on items left behind by tourists.


This is Manami. She likes shopping, Italian food and stealing from foreigners.

On this particular island the deer are very friendly, but it is mostly known for the Itsukushima shrine...




It seems small in the picture, but is actually over 4 stories tall.

After a long day in the sun we were in desperate need of a drink. Luckily, we found this place...


Our next visit was to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Park. It was truly a humbling and educational experience. We did not take any pictures inside the museum, but took a few of the park.


This is the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the only remaining buildings after the atomic bomb in 1945. To take this picture we stood in the bridge that was the actual target of the bombing.


This was the hypocenter of the atomic bomb. It actually detonated 600m above this spot.


Several of the monuments are covered with paper cranes. There is a Japanese tradition of folding 1000 cranes to cure sickness. The park must have millions.


This monument holds the names of those who perished.  Every year there is a memorial ceremony honoring those who lost their lives and calling for world peace. Maybe one day we can live in this type of world...