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Thursday, 11 August 2011

Hiroshima final chapter

Hello folks im back with my latest update. please enjoy!

Current situation

There have been riots in my beloved London town :|.  They seem to have settled down (God willing) but its was still painful to watch.  2011 hasnt been the best year for the world in the grand scheme of things, hope the rest of the year passes by without any other major tragedies. Currently i'm back in Hiroshima with a new travelling buddy, 10 months have passed in Japan, 2 months left of my journey and Operation Remove Afro has commenced.  Yup my afro wont be returning to the UK, after 6 years of Samson status i've finally decided to chop it off.  But before it gets removed im gonna have a lil fun with it as you can see below 

I am back in Hiroshima but this latest update is the final part of my first visit to the peace city at the beginning of April.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

The most memorable and most poignant part of my first visit to Hiroshima was the peace memorial museum. If you ever visit Hiroshima the museum is a must.  As mentioned before, my knowledge of Hiroshima with regards to the war  before coming here was minimal.  From bumping into random Fukuokaians ( is that even a word) and conversing with the locals my I started to get a better idea of what happened and why.  The visit to the museum took it to the next level and beyond

 First of all the entry fee was 50 yen, the equivalent of 40 pennies sterling.   Now I've been to quite a few museum, exhibits in my time in Japan but this was one of the best and most informative for such a small fee.  There are not that many places in the world that I would consider paying at least double the entrance fee but this was definitely one of them. 

Then there is the actual contents of the museum.  Not only are exhibits informative, plentiful and interesting, they are presented in such a way that has you begging for more information.  This is achieved in the form of written text, models, artifacts from the time and videos.   

The museum is split into 2 parts - the East building and the Main building.  The East building has 3 floors.  The first floor started of with a quick overview and brief history of Hiroshima before their entry into the second world war.  It then moves on to Hiroshima role during the war, the development of the Atomic bomb, reasons why Hiroshima was chosen to for the bomb to be tested, the key events leading up to the bomb drop the eventual dropping of the atomic bomb. The second and third floor displays what happen after the bomb dropped, how it affected the land and people, and the current Nuclear age we live into day.  Moving through each of these floors you do really get an understanding of Hiroshimas war history.  

 A feature that spans all three floors is the model of the A-dome.  It is a realistic reconstruction of the actual A dome on a 70:100 scale. 

At the bottom of it on the 1st floor letters that the Hiroshima Mayors send out to every country that has performed any Nuclear testing are placed on either side of the base.  Each letter urges the country to abandon Nuclear testing and technology for the good of mankind.

Main Building

The main building displays actual Hiroshima Atomic bomb artifacts.  Whereas the East building gives you the story of how things came to be up to now, the main building visually takes you to August 6 and the following days after. 

 I wouldnt say it was scary but some parts make you feel a tad uncomfortable, like when you see a car wreck, you want to look away but you are transfixed by what you see. 

 I definitely came out of the museum blessed in a number of ways.  An increased knowledge of Hiroshima's role in the Second World war greatly increased, an admiration for the way Hiroshima and its people have recovered from the tragedy, respect for their outlook on peace.

Japanese word of the day - Atsui - Hot