Today I caught the shinkansen from Shin-Kobe to Hiroshima together with Leigh, a Melbournian staying at the same hostel.
While circumventing the A-Bomb Dome a fellow approached us and offered to guide us around the various monuments of Peace Park. He handed us both a card which read MITO Kosei - Peace Navigator.
He's one of the youngest and few remaining Hibakusha, survivors of Hiroshima. Rather fortunately (considering) he was in the womb at the time of the blast and his mother was beyond the fall out zone. However, his older brother was caught within the blast radius, developed radiation poisoning and was dead within 2 weeks.
We saw Sadako's thousand paper cranes tribute, a crypt housing the ashes of over 20,000 victims, the Korean portal to heaven and remaining tombs and statues bearing the mark of the radiant heat rays that followed the blast.
Before entering Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Kosei lead us to the eternal flame, which has been pledged to stay lit until the last nuclear weapon is destroyed. Sadly, at this time, I think it's more probable the flame will be extinguished due to depleted oil reserves rather than global nuclear disarmament.
After a rather bleak and reflective morning in Hiroshima, we caught the train and then ferry to Miyajima, to check out the floating Torii gate, one of Japan's official top 3 views and reportedly the most photographed scene in Japan.
Lucky so many other people have taken some great shots and I was able to buy a postcard of the torii. Cause my photos are rubbish.
Check it out....