Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hiroshima

Yesterday and today I spent in Hiroshima sightseeing with Mum. We went there by shinkansen (bullet train) which was a first for both of us. It was a little pricey, but very quick. However a large amount of the travel time is going through tunnels, so I didn't miss too much by taking naps while in transit.

Hiroshima was cold and damp (not raining, but you wouldn't be surprised if it did actually start raining). Yesterday we had a look at part of the Peace Park and a look through the museum. It is quite a somber experience.

Today we explored the rest of the Peace Park and then went over to Miyajima to see the Itsukushima shrine. Very pretty, but likely to be more so at high tide. Anyway here are some photos from the trip. More can be found here.

The A-Bomb Dome: One of the buildings closest to the detonation

Looking up at the hypocenter. The A-bomb exploded about 600 meters above where I was standing when I took this photo.

Probably one of the few rare pieces of photographic evidence that I am actually in Japan and not just stealing someone's photos. Thanks to the Japanese guy who offered to take the photo for us.

The great torii.

A shinkansen

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3 comments:

Tyrone said...

Fantastic pictures Kevin!
I'm going to be in your neck of the woods in just under 3 weeks - I'll be living in Ichikawa City, just on the outskirts of Tokyo. So kinda far from you, but I'll still be in Japan!

Any tips for the big move?

Esonlinji said...

Tyrone, some tips for the move.
Weigh your bags carefully. Excess baggage is a killer.

Restaurants are pretty cheap and quick. I've not cooked since I arrived.

Try not to max out your credit card with cash withdrawals.

Get a softbank phone at a store in the shopping district. More suburban stores will insist on a foreign resident card, while big shopping district stores will take a passport and registration submitted token. They also had the best english speakers and now have a plan where calling other softbank phones is free.

Tyrone said...

Thanks Kevin :)

Did you have any tips -things that I should make sure I bring from home etc? When I get there I'll have to give you a call.

Actually - maybe I should give you a call before I come over... If you want, you could send your mobile number to my email - tycu@hotmail.com