I didn’t go to Japan just to document the lack of overhead clearance and one-size-fits-most footwear.

Visiting the sights and taking in the history (especially the WW2 era) has always interested me, and I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to visit Hiroshima.

Walking around the city, it wasn’t hard to get choked up at times just thinking about the history and what Hiroshima and the rest of Japan went through when the A-Bomb was dropped. Also, not to mention what it felt like when the same thing happened three days later further southwest.

Looking around today, I kept thinking to myself everything is very clean and modern looking, but then I’d come to the somber realization remembering why this is so. Sure, there are temples and shrines all around the city, but lots of them have been rebuilt as is the case around the rest of Japan. Although it is a huge privilege to be able to visit these locations, it seems unfair that we are only able to look at replicas and reproductions instead of the originals built hundreds of years ago.

There was a group of nuclear-weapons activists presenting today near the A-Bomb Dome. They had a great deal of information on the event not widely distributed in much of the US. I had heard most of it before, but reading it again in this capacity really amplified the message.

We would be lucky for something like this to never happen in any of our lifetimes. I’m super grateful to have visited and experienced these sights and hopefully you too can travel and see it for yourselves.

24th February 2020A-Bomb Dome
24th February 2020Futuayama Peace Pagoda
24th February 2020Hiroshima Castle
24th February 2020Hiroshima Station Okonomoyaki
24th February 2020Hiroshima Stone Trolleyway
24th February 2020Tagoshu Temple