Monday, January 30, 2023

The Tragic Past and Modern Present of Hiroshima

Hiroshima is a city in Japan that holds a unique place in world history due to the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city in 1945. Despite this tragedy, the city has risen from the ashes and has become a modern and vibrant city that is a must-visit for tourists. I didn't know what to expect when our shinkansen train pulled into the station. There was a unique feeling of excitement to be in this place. To stand under the sky in this place is a foreboding, humbling and altering experience. The city is modern and beautiful, calm and peaceful. We spend two days here, and in this post I want to bring you the highlights from it.

The Hiroshima Castle  

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Hiroshima is the Hiroshima Castle. The castle was built in the 16th century and was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945. The castle has been rebuilt, and it now serves as a museum that showcases the history of Hiroshima and the events surrounding the atomic bomb. In order to get to it you have to walk through a big park that is closed off by water. We didn't visit the inside, like we did with Osaka castle, since there was more to see.

The Atomic Bomb Dome 

Another must-visit destination for tourists in Hiroshima is the Atomic Bomb Dome. The dome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as a poignant reminder of the events of August 6, 1945, when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city. The dome is all that remains of the building that once stood at the epicenter of the bomb blast, and it has been preserved as a symbol of peace and a reminder of the devastating effects of war.  

Being in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima is a profound and emotional experience. The dome serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating effects of war and the importance of peace. Visitors to the dome are often struck by the silence and stillness of the site, which contrasts with the bustling city that surrounds it.  

The dome is a symbol of the tragedy that took place in Hiroshima and serves as a reminder of the terrible consequences of war. It is a sobering experience to stand in front of the dome and contemplate the events of August 6, 1945, and the devastating impact that the atomic bomb had on the city and its people. 

However, the dome is also a symbol of hope and resilience, as it represents the city's ability to rise from the ashes and rebuild after the tragedy. The dome is a testament to the strength and determination of the people of Hiroshima, and it serves as a source of inspiration for people all over the world.  

Overall, being in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima is a deeply moving and thought-provoking experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Life in Hiroshima  

Despite its dark past, Hiroshima is a modern and vibrant city that has a lot to offer tourists. The city is known for its bustling streets, delicious street food, and vibrant nightlife. The city is also home to many beautiful parks, museums, and other cultural attractions, making it a great place to visit for tourists of all ages. We ate Japanese curry here which was really great. It's like a thick stew made out of means, served over rice and with a fried chicken cutlet. 

Modern Aspects of Hiroshima  

Hiroshima has come a long way since the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945. The city has been rebuilt, and it is now a modern and thriving metropolis that is home to many cutting-edge industries, including technology, finance, and tourism. The city is also home to many world-class hotels, restaurants, and shops, making it a great place to visit for both business and leisure travelers.

Residents of Hiroshima enjoy a high standard of living, with access to world-class amenities, such as modern shopping centers, top-rated restaurants, and luxurious hotels. The city is also home to many parks and public spaces, making it a great place for outdoor activities and relaxation. The shot below shows the reception of the APA hotel in Hiroshima where we stayed. Everything was stylish and modern.

Hiroshima is a city that holds a unique place in world history, and it is a must-visit destination for tourists. The city is home to many popular tourist attractions, including the Hiroshima Castle, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and many other cultural and historical sites. Despite its dark past, the city is a modern and vibrant place that is a great destination for tourists of all ages. There is one more place we saw in the area, but I will save that for the next post. It's Miyajima: the island of deers!

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  1. A city risen from the ashes. An inspiration that after tragedy, there is always hope. Marvellous captures of a truly wonderful city Mersad. Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a great week ahead

  2. As soon as you read or hear about Hiroshima, you immediately think of this terrible day. Actually, it should still be in the head and before the eyes of all people, and all the more terrible that further nuclear bombs are built and even threatened with. I always wonder what is going on in the heads of these people.

    Great what you can show us from today's Hiroshima. A city that is resurrected and I am convinced that a visit is worthwhile. Thank you for taking us with you.



  3. A fine post, Mersad. Truly it is a marvelous place to visit-- in spite of...

  4. ...history is filled with tragic acts that seen to repeated themselves.

  5. Glad to see Hiroshima has risen from the ashes. We all hope these weapons will never be used again, but some fools seem to fail to learn from history. I have greatly enjoyed reading and seeing your adventures in Japan.

  6. Nice to see the city doing so well after what happened to it.

  7. We are going in a couple of weeks but just Tokyo - will check out what you've posted on that. A few years ago we booked Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo but my husband got injured before the Marathon, so the whole thing got cancelled. Fingers crossed for this time!

  8. I have never visited Japan - so thankyou for taking us there. I certainly didn't know about the Atomic Bomb dome. Such a powerful reminder. But do we learn from the wars of the past - I don't think so. Enjoy the rest of your week and thankyou again for the link up.

  9. Wow, such an amazing post. It gives me hope. Hopefully, this never happens to a city again.

  10. very informative and impressive article. Thanks for sharing with us
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