Japan Trip 2010: Hiroshima

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Another photoblog post… this time the city is Hiroshima! Hiroshima is known for all the wrong reasons… :(

The A-Bomb dome during the day… supposedly nothing has been moved since it was bombed. Spooky.

Paper cranes memorial for Sadako: “Sadako Sasaki (佐々木 禎子 Sasaki Sadako?, January 7, 1943 – October 25, 1955) was a Japanese girl who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, near her home by Misasa Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan.

At the time of the explosion Sadako was at home, about one mile from Ground Zero. By November 1954, chicken pox had developed on her neck and behind her ears. Then in January 1955, purple spots had started to form on her legs. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with leukemia, which her mother referred to as “an atom bomb disease.”[1] She was hospitalized on February 21, 1955, and given, at the most, a year to live.
On August 3, 1955, Sadako’s best friend Chizuko Hamamoto came to the hospital to visit and cut a golden piece of paper into a square and folded it into a paper crane, in reference to the Japanese story that one who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. A popular version of the story is that she fell short of her goal of folding 1,000 cranes, having folded only 644 before her death, and that her friends completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her”

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is a must see in Hiroshima. It was so incredibly sad :(

This is what Hiroshima looked like before the atomic bombing:

After:

The red ball signifies the location of the blast:

A child’s burnt uniform :( They had SO many articles from children… clothes, hats, shoes, charred lunchboxes, glasses….

They even had a set of steps near the blast where a man was sitting. He was waiting for a bank to open when the bomb hit…the explosion was so intense that it left a shadow of his body there. You can still see it.

Visited Miyajima Island which is famous for the large tori gate on the water…

There was tame deer EVERYWHERE! So tame that you could pet them and they wouldn’t run away.

This area is famous for oyster farming… they had an example of what the oyster farming beds look like under water:

These giant oysters took 2 YEARS to grow to this size! I was surprised it took that long.

Roasting oysters for sale:

Oyster rice balls:

Freshly made rice crackers:

Apparently they have a lot of maple leaf themed foods here… I saw the CUTEST ad for this maple candy with a tiny little deer chewing it:

We got a few fried oysters to try… super yummy with just the right amount of crunch :)

It was super hot so I also ordered a green apple shaved ice to cool down with!

Miyajima island has a lot of beautiful temples and shrines… very picturesque.

Later that day….

Passed by a raucous celebration with live music playing and people cheering and drinking together :)

Everyone looked so happy :)

The A-Bomb dome at night:

A brightly lit street at night:

In a little alleyway there was this painted sign with a tori gate under it… can you guess what it says?

“Do not urinate here” ~!! I guess the tori gate is almost an equivalent to a cross to discourage you from urinating in the alley. LOL! But then again can’t you just move a few feet away so you don’t urinate on the tori gate? Hmm.

Shopping at Hondori Street! You HAVE to come here if you visit Hiroshima.

The entire street is covered from the rain. Very smart.

An interesting billboard for a new cell phone… it has a multifaceted case that lights up with various colors!

A typical drugstore.. filled with medicines I can’t read and TONS of cosmetics~! I love how prices for cosmetics don’t vary even if you go to different drugstore chains. GENIUS.

Bought a Fiberwig mascara set here.. I’ve always wanted to try the tiny sniper mascara for my lower lashes since they’re pretty much nonexistant. I like it so far!

A man making balloon animals :) Check out My Melodie on the left!

A lingerie/PJ shop! I loved the organic feel of the decor here.

Another Skinfood shop…

A 100 yen shop… my favorite place to stock up on cheap goodies in Japan.

Daiso.. yet another 100 yen shop!

Another view from the inside.. I believe this shop had like 7 FLOORS of goodies. HEAVEN.

My sister bought this bag of chips.. it said something about being insanely spicy and even had a warning on the front! I tried it and it was a little too much for me to handle. 😛

We also went to a karaoke bar for a few hours… I’m not big on karaoke but this was a really good time.

The Brits loved it so much they started singing in the empty streets after! Haha.

Yakitori:

Tea’s Tea with apples… from New York apparently 😉

Not real food but impressive nonetheless… this is made out of wool roving and poked with a needle to create different shapes!

A crepe truck! With a super stylish girl and her boyfriend too…

Had dinner at a famous okonomiyaki restaurant! Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients… Hiroshima’s version includes noodles instead of battered cabbage.

Lunch on a different day was at a cheapie curry house franchise… Coco Curry House! Despite the cheap prices it was still delish!

There was this extra sauce you can put on your curry but I wanted to enjoy the curry in its original state :)

What I got: cream croquettes with breaded pork and curry

What my sister got: fried chicken and curry

Now onto the shopping!

Teddy bear charms and key fobs galore:

I swear… Japan could probably fill up hundreds of Olympic sized swimming pools with the amount of cell phone and key charms that they have.

Asian food themed cell phone charms:

Chanel-esque phone decorations! So cute!

A little section of clothing…. clothes are so expensive in Japan. :(

Halloween costumes! Check out the sexy bunny man in the center… lol! You’d never see that in the states.

Ridiculous hats…. fries, fish, Naruto and sea creatures!

Stuffed animals with long arms so they can “hug you back” LOL

Macaron shaped pouches for you to put your coins in!

A BATH BOMB MAKER!! Imagine the possibilities.. :)

Head turbans and towels for primping~!

Bento box goodies to decorate your lunch to your heart’s content:

Candy colored kitchen knives:

Felt craft kits for you to make lifelike replicas of delicious desserts:

These are ready-made roll cakes:

A whole aisle of flavored ramune soda:

Really cute humidifiers…. western ones are SO UGLY! :( :( :(

Look at these little goodies… they are for CLEANING YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN!!!

You can choose between a burger, a donut or a strawberry cake! So ridiculous but so cute!!

Thanks for reading another disjointed Japan post! :)

Next city: Kurashiki

♥ E&I