Pictures of Hiroshima in autumn

20 Nov

Last Wednesday to Friday, my second daughter took a three-day field trip with her high school class to 広島 (Hiroshima).

Hiroshima is on the other side of the country from 東京 (Tokyo). I imagined that they’d go there by 新幹線 (bullet train)…but they took an airplane flight.

Here are some of the photos she took. (She took many more photos, but I’m not including any of the pictures that have her or her classmates in them.)

This is a famous landmark and symbol of Hiroshima. Before 1945 August 6th, it was an industrial exhibit hall.
The atomic bomb dropped in WW2 detonated directly above it, killing everyone who was inside…but the building was still standing.
It remains exactly how it was after the bombing but the name was changed to 「原爆ドーム」 (“Atomic Bomb Dome”). It’s now a peace memorial and a World Heritage Site.

「原爆ドーム」 ("Atomic Bomb Dome")

This (below) is a statue of Sadako Sasaki who died of leukemia when she was twelve caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (her hometown).  While she was in the hospital, she tried to fold 「千羽鶴」 (1000 Paper Origami Cranes) which are a symbol of health and luck in Japan.
She died before she could complete them.
Click here to read a post that I wrote about her story (and another young Japanese girl with a big story, too).
(Some of young Sadako’s paper origami cranes are in the WTC Momument in New York. Click here to read my post about that.)

"Children's Peace Monument" with statue of Sadako Sasaki.

The 「広島平和記念公園」 (“Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park”):

In the Peace Park, there is the “Peace Flame” which will remain lit until there are no more nuclear weapons in the world, “Peace Bells” which can be rung be visitors to the park in a wish for world peace, and the “Cenotaph (empty tomb) For The Atomic Bomb Victims”…this monument lists the names of all of the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima and has the words 「安らかに眠って下さい 過ちは 繰返しませぬから」 (“Rest in peace, for we will never repeat this mistake”).

The "Cenotaph For Atomic Bomb Victims"

Looking through the Cenotaph For Atomic Bomb Victims, the "Peace Flame" and the "Atomic Bomb Dome" can be seen.

My daughter’s class took the ferry to nearby 宮島 (Miyajima), which is called the “resting place of the gods” and is another World Heritage Site.

The ferry to Miyajima that my daughter's class took.

There are deer on Miyajima.

Miyajima is most famous for 「厳島神社」 (“Itsukushima Shrine“) and it’s wooden Torii gate in the water:

Another landmark of the area is the wooden 「錦帯橋」 (Kintaikyou Bridge) with it’s five arches:

My daughter’s class also got to visit a cave. When they exited the cave, they saw this magnificent view:

All of the photos in this post were taken by my daughter. Please do not use or duplicate any of them without her express permission (which can be obtained through me).

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26 Responses to “Pictures of Hiroshima in autumn”

  1. sister II December 8, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Wow, what a profound trip to take and place to see. I am glad she and others her age get to go on this trip, and glad you posted this. It sounds like an amazing, yet sobering, trip. She is a very good photographer!

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    • tokyo5 December 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

      Yes, I agree that it’s good for the younger generations to learn from past mistakes of mankind…so they, hopefully, won’t be repeated.

      >She is a very good photographer!

      Thanks. I’ll tell her you said so.

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  2. musings November 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    We did go to Hiroshima in 2008 and it was amazing! I loved Miyajima! We have the most glorious sunset photos from there. We also had the BEST okomiyaki! Please tell your daughter, “Well done!”

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    • tokyo5 November 24, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

      > We also had the BEST oko-no-miyaki!

      Hiroshima is known for it’s unique style of Okonomiyaki dishes.

      >Please tell your daughter, “Well done!”

      Thank you. I’ll tell her.

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  3. penman November 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Yup, born and grow up in Indonesia. You should come here. There are lots of beautiful places to visit. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 November 23, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      Maybe one day…if I win the lottery. 😉

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  4. sixmats November 23, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I would love to go to Miyajima again. I didn’t realize how awesome it was when I went there as a college student.

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    • tokyo5 November 23, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

      How long was it when you visited Miyajima? I assume you went to Hiroshima, too.

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  5. penman November 23, 2011 at 12:39 am #

    What a great photos. Just looking at the sight of the Atomic Bomb Dome in your daughter’s photos gave a shiver. It was very sad and tragic what happened in the past. Did your daughter has an assignment to write some kind of field trip report? We always got that kind of assignment every time we did a field trip. Thanks for sharing the photos 🙂

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    • tokyo5 November 23, 2011 at 1:48 am #

      >What a great photos.

      Thank you.

      >Did your daughter has an assignment to write some kind of field trip report?

      Yes. Japanese students are usually required to do so.

      >every time we did a field trip.

      What types of field trips have you gone on as a student in your country?

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      • penman November 23, 2011 at 8:40 am #

        We used to go to museums and visit the historic heritages, but I especially love when we went to Borobudur temple and visit the Yogyakarta palace.

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      • tokyo5 November 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

        >Borobudur temple and visit the Yogyakarta palace.

        I don’t know those places. You live in Indonesia, don’t you? I’ve never been there.

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  6. MB's husband A November 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    Fantastic post and great photography!

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    • tokyo5 November 21, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

      >Fantastic post and great photography!

      Thank you and thank you!

      Please visit my blog and comment more often!

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  7. Kroten November 21, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Beautiful shots. It was a sad sad memory, human and their destructive instinct

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    • tokyo5 November 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      >Beautiful shots.

      Thank you.

      >It was a sad sad memory, human and their destructive instinct

      Yes, throughout history mankind has done many terrible things to earth, animals and other people. But there are also many instances of people doing wonderful things.
      Hopefully, as time goes by, there will be less of the former and more of the latter!

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  8. Hirokiye November 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    This is such a good blog I have found to know Japan, thank you for sharing and your daughter for taking those great photos.

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    • tokyo5 November 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      >This is such a good blog
      >your daughter…taking those great photos.

      I appreciate that.

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  9. Metal Odyssey November 21, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Excellent photos… just as good as any National Geographic photos I’ve seen over the years.

    Hiroshima looks to be very tranquil and beautiful. It is so hard to comprehend the tragedies of the past… and yes, hopefully nothing like that ever happens again to humankind.

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    • tokyo5 November 21, 2011 at 10:27 pm #

      >Excellent photos… just as good as any National Geographic photos

      Thank you for those kind words.

      >Hiroshima looks to be very tranquil and beautiful. It is so hard to comprehend the tragedies of the past…

      Yes, visiting Hiroshima always leaves a big impression on people.

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  10. gigihawaii November 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    Your daughter did a good job!

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    • tokyo5 November 20, 2011 at 11:42 pm #

      Thanks. I’ll tell her you said so.

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  11. Mike in Tokyo Rogers November 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    I LOVE HIROSHIMA!!!!!

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    • tokyo5 November 20, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      It’s a very beautiful city!

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  12. David L Atkinson November 20, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Visited Hiroshima in 2007 – Beautiful but disturbing!

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    • tokyo5 November 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      >disturbing!

      Yes, what happened to Hiroshima sixty-six years ago is very disturbing…but the story needs to be told to younger generations so that, hopefully, nothing like ever happens again.

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