Our apartment will not be ready for us for another two weeks. Until it's ready we are living in a room on the 19th floor of the Sheraton in Hiroshima (which is conveniently located right next to the train station). Jeff starts work on Monday.
We took the time to checkout the two most recognizable symbols of Hiroshima, the Abomb Dome at Peace Park and the torii at Miyajima.
I'm sure that you are aware the first atomic bomb used as a weapon was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. The epicenter of the bomb was very near the building that is known as the Abomb Dome. It was one of the few structures left standing after the explosion. It is estimated that 80,000 people were killed instantly and 90,000 to 140,000 later died due to radiation poisoning. The Japanese seem to possess an amazing amount of forgiveness and walking through Peace Park was very solemn and it was good to see the site of so much destruction turned in to a place of hope and beauty.
|Abomb Dome in Peace Park|
|Torii at the entrance to Miyajima|
|5 story Pagoda built in 1407|
|Stone lantern, these lined the path along the shore|
|Jeff and a hungry deer|