The Five Yen of Happiness – Hiroshima, 70 years on
- I give in – I need a break (Introduction)
- To Heathrow and The BA Galleries North Lounge
- BA902 London Heathrow to Frankfurt Airport in Club Europe
- Bumbling around Frankfurt Airport with random #AVGeek spotting
- Meeting the A350 and the Air Canada Lounge
- Qatar Airways QR068 Frankfurt to Doha
- The joy of Hamad International Airport, and The Oryx Rotana Hotel
- Qatar Airways Flight QR812 Doha to Tokyo Haneda
- The Hotel JAL City Haneda Tokyo
- Shikansen Adventures to Hiroshima!
- Time in Hiroshima (featuring the ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima)
- Hirosihima – 70 years on
- A day trip to Itsukushima
- More Shinkansen fun to Kyoto (Featuring Kyoto Tower Hotel)
- A trip up to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
- Dinner with The real_jetsetr!
- The JR Central SC Maglev and Rail Museum
- Shinkansen to Tokyo
- The Strings by InterContinental
- Cheap evening – From the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
- The JR East Railway Museum, Saitama
- Shibuya nights
- Akihabara Days
- Gotta Catch them All! A few Pokemon Centres.
- Off to Narita
- Nartia Airport, The JAL Lounge
- Qatar Airways Flight QR807 Tokyo Narita to Doha
- Four and Half Hours in Doha Airport
- Qatar Airways Flight QR067 Doha to Frankfurt
- More time in Frankfurt
- BA8735 Frankfurt to London City Airport (Club Europe)
- And about that Five Yen Coin – The Sensoji Temple, Asakusa
One of things that people in the UK ask when I returned is what Hiroshima is like.
And I have to be honest… it’s another ferro-cement city – like any other in Japan.
Trams running in the down-town core
However, 70 years ago on the 6th August 1945, – things changed in this city, when a B29 bomber (Enola Gay) dropped “Little Boy” – the first nuclear bomb dropped in war.
It was exploded 2,000ft above Hiroshima – with the effect of a 12-15,000 tons of TNT exploding, causing destruction with a five-mile radius of the blast
Its effects were deadly, with killing between 90,000–166,000 people, with many more succumbing to radiation sickness, burns and other things.
Not much remains of the events of that day – however, if you go to Hiroshima – one of the most sobering things is the A-Bomb Dome.
The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall was completed in April 1915, and is one of the surviving buildings of the bombing of Hiroshima.
After the bombing, the majority of the building survived, and was named “The Atom Bomb Dome”.
Between 1950 and 1964 Peace Park grew up around the area of the Atom Bomb Dome, and in 1996 – became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Just seeing it is humbling, as well as a point to pause for thought.
More views of the The Atom Bomb Dome.
Of course, there is plenty of reading for those who wish to understand the impact of what happened to The A-Bomb dome on the 6th August 1945.
There are plenty of arguments for and against the nuclear bombs being dropping over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I won’t engage (or tolerate them) here as this is a travel blog, not a fighting ground.
What did happen on the 15th August 1945 is that Japan surrendered to Allied Forces and the Instrument of Surrender was 2nd September 1945 – marking the end of World War II.
The Hiroshima Atom Dome from the Bridge leading to Peace Park
From a personal perspective, it is very emotional experience – I can’t put into words the sorrow I felt there. Certainly, it is a place for contemplation, thought and how descriptive the human race can choose to be.
But then we look at flight, at travel, the smiles and happiness when the human race works together for peace – and Peace Park is a reminder that the events of 6th August 1945 and 9th August 1945 should never happen again.
Hiroshima rebuilt itself as it recovered be it the city itself, its castle and a lot more – and as I stated in the introduction, is a ferro-concrete mass that you’ll see in any Japanese city.
But if you dig beyond the concentrate of the station the city, and head to peace park, it’s not hard to see the emotions in the city.
If you do head to Peace Park in Hiroshima, make time to visit – as well as time to contemplate the events that lead to world we live in today.
NEXT: Off to Kyoto
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