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Hiroshima in One Day

Hiroshima in One Day

Hiroshima holds a strong sentimental value for me. It was the first Japanese city that I spent a significant amount of time in, and my friends and homestay families there introduced me to Japan. Last week, for the first time I had the opportunity to show someone else around the city, when one of my friends from Tokyo swung by to visit.

We began our day at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park. Located at ground zero, the park features a museum and several memorials dedicated to atomic bomb victims. The museum details the aftermath of the atomic bomb – how it affected people at the time and years after, how the city recovered from it, and how some of its side-effects persist today. The exhibits are silencing and sometimes harrowing, but absolutely worthwhile.

This image shows a concrete arch situated on a bed of pebbles. Flowers can be seen in the immediate foreground, in front of the bed of pebbles. Trees are visible in the background.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
This image shows a signboards submerged in shallow water. It is at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Trees are visible in the background.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

After taking a lap of the park, we walked to a nearby restaurant specializing in Hiroshima’s signature dish: okonomiyaki. It primarily consists of noodles, cabbage, pork, and egg, with a number of optional ingredients. It’s cooked and served on a hot surface called a teppan. We sat at a bar attached to the teppan, and watched the chef cook our meal in front of us.

This image shows an okonomiyaki resting on a teppan.
Okonomiyaki

A stroll through Hiroshima’s central street led us to a streetcar bound for Hiroshima’s port.

This image shows choppy waves. Mountainous islands ca be seen in the background, to the left of a large piece of machinery.
Port of Hiroshima
Our ride to Edajima.

A number of islands surround the greater Hiroshima area in the Seto Inland Sea. My friend and I had both been to the most famous island in the area, Miyajima, before, so we decided the check out the less well-known island of Edajima instead.

This image shows a paved path along a body of water. Forested mountains can be seen in the background.
Miyajima – One of Hiroshima’s major tourist destinations.

Edajima was sleepy – it offered a nice change of pace from what we were used to in Tokyo. Shops were open for a few hours a day, bus service ran once an hour, and many of the houses appeared to be vacant. We spent a some time wandering around the island and taking in its natural scenery, before getting a lift back to the ferry from one of the locals we met along the way.

This image shows a body of water. A forested landmass is visible in the background.
Edajima
This image shows a body of water. Forested islands can be seen in the background.
Edajima

Finally, we ended the day by meeting up with another friend at an izakaya before calling it a night.

This image shows a scene of Hiroshima at night. Tall buildings line a concrete street. Cars and a streetcar can be seen on the street.
Hiroshima at night. [source]
Anyway, that’s Hiroshima in a day. Next week I’ll be writing to you from Osaka, and the following week I’ll be writing from Okinawa.

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