Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A-bombed Buildings

AUGUST 18, 2007
After we spent almost the whole day getting close to nature on the previous day, we went back to the city and the plan for today is to get around and have a look at those A-bombed buildings.
As usual, before we kick-start our day, we had our lunch first. You see, usually, we don't wake up that early every morning, although the sun rises as early as 5 in the morning. But not ramen again for lunch this time. Instead, we ate rice, for the first time since we came to Hiroshima. It's called Bibindon.
It wasn't as nice as I thought though. Kinda spicy with the kimchi on top.
Then we had a stroll at the famous street in the city, called 本通り(Hon-dori). The rooftop reminds me of the one at Petaling Street back home.
When it gets dark, you will spot a few ducks here, waiting for someone to feed them dried corns.
The first spot we went was the Hypocenter. Carried to Hiroshima from Tinian Island by the Enola Gay, a US Army B-29 bomber, the first atomic bomb used in the history of humankind exploded approximately 580 meters above that spot.
The city below was hit by heat rays of approximately 3,000 to 4,000 degree Celsius along with a blast wind and radiation. Most people in the area lost their lives instantly.
We continued walking and came to Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students.
Memorial Tower
Then, it was the Flower Clock.
Flower Clock
Remember the GREEN GIRL? (Kok Hong, this time, I got it right). We actually took that picture on this bridge, called Motoyasu Bridge. The mark on one of the stone is still visible up until today.
Motoyasu Bridge
Basically, the surroundings around the Peace Memorial Park is full of monuments. Here is another one. Hiroshima Monument for the A-bomb Victims.
Just next to the Children's Peace Monument, there were thousands of paper cranes fold and left there. That reminds me of Sadako's story.
Paper Cranes
We later entered Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.
Inside this hall, there were the complete list of the A-bombing victims as well as some recollections from the survivors on what had happened on that morning at 8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945.
Before taking the escalators to the upper floor, we felt like camwhoring noticed that the mirrow was something special.
In case you might be wondering what camera I have been using all this while, that's my Sony DSC-T100.
Inside the library, while looking around for some reads (although I don't read), I came across this book.
TIU Press
I know my Cantonese sucks (not as worse as you might thought though). But at least I know what words like these mean. Out of my curiosity, I took that TIU book and wanted to check out what was so TIU about it.
Only I found out that TIU stands for The International University. So next time when someone says "Tiu nia ma" to you, it doesn't necessary means the 'other' more juicy meaning. It could mean "The International University only ma".
There's also manga in this library.
Even a full set of it.
Full Set
Then we walked out, and again we came to the same place. The Peace Memorial Park. There, you can spot people offering prayers to the A-bombing victims.
A couple of shots from the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.
And the Flame of Peace.
Flame of Peace
We continued walking until we came to the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound.
Before we got to Aioi Bridge, which was the initial target of the A-bomb, there was this Peace Clock Tower.
I bet you didn't notice there is a jet flying through the blue sky (top centre of the pic). Here are two shots from the bridge. The A-bomb Dome can be seen on the left of the second picture.
And a few more random shots around the city.
While taking a break, I took another couple of pictures of the streetcar, which I mentioned in the previous entry.
Then we came to Honkawa Elementary School Peace Museum. But when we were there, it was closed. There wasn't anything much inside when we took a peek through the glass window.
We continued our day, but this time we took the streetcar to Hiroshima University of Literature and Science (1,420m from the hypocenter).
Hiroshima Uni
The building is actually built in such way that it looked like "E" shape from the aerial view.
Another set of random shots at the university.
The next stop was Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital (1,500m from the hypocenter).
Here is the same shot showing the only remaining part of the hospital back then, with the current one.
Light of Hope
And a set of random shots.
Well, everytime we walk from our hostel to the city, we never miss this building. Nippon Bank, Hiroshima Branch is located 380 meters from the hypocenter.
Nippon Bank
This will be our last night in Hiroshima, as we will be heading to Okayama the next day. To wrap up our trip here, we went to have the famous Okonomiyaki at Okonomikura. There were more than 20 shops in 3 floors, all offering the same thing - Okonomiyaki.
If you are wondering what Okonomiyaki is, then look at this entry as I have explained it before this. We first had a look at all the shops, until we finally came to this shop as Kok Hong said there seemed to be a lot of foreigners here.
Only after I sat down that I realized that the wasn't a single local here. All ang mohs.
The Making of
Here's my plate of Okonomiyaki. I requested it to be served in plate as it is easier to consume it like that compared to eating it form the pan. Normally a plate will cost you under 1,000yen (RM33). Mine was around 1,200yen (RM40).
After we had our dinner, we had a walk in the city.
Hiroshima's over, Okayama's the next.


Innocent^^Guy said...

woah..looks good the okonomiyaki!

Calvin said...

@ calvinsenpai:
that is why you must never miss to have a taste of hiroshima okonomiyaki if you got the chance to go to hiroshima :)

KOKahKOK said...

i love okonomiyaki the most! especially home made one! Penang cant find as delicious as what i had in my host family!

calvin said...

@ kokahkok:
i must say that hiroshima's okonomiyaki is totally different and far more better than any okonomiyaki you can find in other places in japan. by the way, where did you spend your homestay when you were here last time?