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Miyajima and Hiroshima

semi-overcast 80 °F

Although long - five trains and two ferry's, today was an exceptionally rewarding one as we visited two of Japan's most iconic sites. The Miyajima Island is perhaps the most picturesque in Japan. Featured is the Itsukushima Shine constructed in 593 with its in water gate. The shrine was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1996 and is still worshiped as a divine island.

After that quiet interlude, we traveled to Hiroshima to visit the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Park and the Peace Memorial Museum. The fact that the US dropped the relatively small bomb is history. It's effect is everlasting. at 8:15am on August 6, 19454 the bomb exploded 600 meters above the Atomic Dome, which is why it survived the blast with an overpressure of 19 tons per square meter and a temperature of more than a million degrees was simply devastating. Its effect is a necessary lesson for all adults in our nuclear age. Of interest was the number of Japanese school children studying their history at the site.

I left with many of the same emotions that I left my visit to Normandy with a while back. Human life, however lost, is still devastating.

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Posted by rpickett 04:55 Archived in Japan

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