Trying not to cry at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

I finally could go to the hotel and leave my stuff before I going for my walk around the city center, but not without lunch, after that stressed episode I really needed to eat something, so I went to the first restaurant I saw! Italian! Shame shame… Though, it was a very interesting experience, Italian with Japanese ingredients, the veggies weren’t the most obvious ones, and of course it doesn’t taste the same. I was polite and I said it was good, but it wasn’t… I guess that’s how Japanese people feel when they go to Europe then eat at a Japanese restaurant.

Peace Flame

Elma and Max strongly advised NOT to go to the museum straight away, so I went for a walk first, through the Memorial Park, the A-Bomb Dome and a bit around for some photo shooting, and then I went to the museum… Oh, what a strong experience! One thing is knowing that the Americans drop an A-bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, another thing is being there and see and read more than that. It is a very depressing experience, I honestly almost cried and some people were too close to cry. The devastation was supreme, the city was reduced to ashes in a few seconds, hundreds or thousands of buildings were gone! And the stories… I’ll leave you a few links to read if you want to know more, but I bet you won’t look at paper cranes the same way again.

The A-Bomb Dome

I was still jet lagged, and I didn’t rest much either, I tried to stay awake until late, but usually I had to wake up early as well, so the resting part was almost none. I went back to the hotel to check in and I had a two hours nap. Yep shame on me again, but when I am on vacations, I can do whatever I want 🙂

Previously in Tokyo, I wrote on couchsurfing Hiroshima group that I would be in town and I invited people to have a drink with me, just one guy replied, a Spanish guy that had been in Japan two times before. We agreed to have dinner together that day, so, after my nap I went for a few night photo shoots and then I met with him for dinner and a drink afterwards. Really nice guy, and a Japan-lover, it isn’t every one that goes three times to the same country, on the other side of the world, for vacations! He speaks a bit Japanese and he is quite interested in Japanese culture, it was nice to meet some one like him 🙂 one of the pleasures of traveling alone, getting to meet interesting people. After that, back to the hotel, tomorrow’s going to be another long day…

Hondori Street


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Trying not to cry at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Gil Sousa

Portuguese expat in Cork, traveler and food enthusiastic.

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