May They Rest In Peace, 7th September 2017

  • Try Hiroshimas local dish- Okonomiyaki
  • Peace Park
  • Hiroshima Memorial Museum

We woke and it was hammering it down with rain so we stayed in the hostel and got chatting to a couple of the people in the hostel. They were couple, Ady a graphic designer, Kelly a nurse both living in Bristol and Adam a Canadian who had a job with a complicated title but farmed bees in his spare time. They were all interesting people and it was nice to chat to them.
Kelly had recommended a place to try one of hiroshimas signature dishes okonomiyaki so after leaving the hostel we soon found it and it had a small queue outside of it.

Queue for the restaurant

We soon got a front row seat at the counter in front of the kitchen and could watch the chefs create their culinary masterpieces. The dish was a thin pancake, with various vegetables and meats fried and and stacked and all sealed together with an original sauce and topped with spring onions.

Chef making our okonomiyaki
The conveyor belt of delicious food

They were served in front of us on the giant hot plate and we could cut a chunk out and began to eat our way through them. They tasted delicious and they were very flavoursome.

The finished product

The rain had eased up slightly by this point and we headed peace park. The first monument we encountered was for a little girl that died ten years after the bombing. She got leukemia from the radiation and it was said that if she made 1000 paper cranes then she would be cured of her illness. She tried her best but couldn’t make enough before she passed away. So her classmates made the remaining amount of cranes in honour of her. There thousands of paper origami birds were filling boxes around the statue paying tribute to the young girl.

The memorial of the little girl and the thousand cranes

After we took a walk to the Hiroshima memorial museum. Nothing can prepare you for going to a place like this as you don’t know how it will effect you. You know vaguely what happened but you don’t know it in great detail and how the bomb affected the people their. The museum opens your eyes to the atrocity that happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It’s a sobering place and you think how could this happen. At 8:15am on August 6th 1945 A-Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans with the aim to kill as many people as possible and to end the war with the hope of the Japanese surrendering.

The time A-Bomb dropped

US photo of the explosion

The memorial with 140,000 tiles, one for each person that died because A-Bomb

But I suppose it was 72 years ago so it wouldn’t happen again right?
Well it appears not, just days before we were in the museum and more nuclear tests are being conducted in North Korea. There is no winners when it comes to nuclear missiles and ultimately people’s lives will be the price. Unfortunately I think at this current moment that it is inevitable that this will happen which saddens me as we should have learnt from our mistakes.

The clock counting the days since A-Bomb and since the last nuclear test was

I would urge anyone to go to the Hiroshima memorial museum for the sobering reality that history seems to be repeating itself. On our way out we noticed a large clock that shows how many days it was since the Hiroshima bombing and underneath how many days since the last nuclear test which was just 4 days which hit home. After here we walked around peace park reading the various different plaques and monuments which are dedicated to victims of the bombing. We saw one of the buildings where the bomb was dropped which somehow managed to not be completely leveled and had been slightly restored to make it safe.

What shocks you is Peace Park was a town just like any other which had businesses and houses where people lived and the entire area was destroyed with everyone being killed there.

We called it a day after this and headed back to the hostel to get out of the rain.

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