This was our last stop in our all too brief tour of Japan. The advantage of travelling whilst holding down a proper job in an international school is that I have a reasonable opportunity to travel and can afford to indulge that whim with a reasonable degree of comfort. The downside is I have to go back to work too quickly!
Hiroshima was somewhere I was keen to see, I am not sure that looking forward to is the correct phrase but I did want to go and see the history.
Above is one of the few buildings in the immediate vicinity of the nuclear blast that was left standing. In front of it is the peace park memorial to the dead and the flame. The idea is that the flame will burn until the last atomic weapon is removed from the planet.
This is the Genbaku dome, now more usually known as the A bomb dome. It was one of the very buildings left standing in the immediate vicinity of the blast. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
And again at night:
About seven years after the war was ended, one girl contracted leukemia due to her exposure to the radiation. She got the idea that if she could somehow fold 10,000 origami cranes then this would stop get from dying. Needless to say she died before she finished the task.
However, her classmates carried on with the task and now tourists, mainly from Japan, bring cranes they gave made.
They have become a bit of symbol. Just after the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of girls organised the school in a crane folding mission of symbolic support for those affected by that.
Below is the official statue commemorating the girl and below that a statue of a baby in her mother's arms. Personally, I think the folded cranes do it better!
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them