My Junior High School Blog
Usually I have a big Christmas tree and many presents for Christmas - like this
but this year I only had a very small tree and three presents
Two of the presents were books (very similar as well - people know I like monsters!)
I also had some 'traditional' Japanese style Christmas cakes :-)
For me Christmas was more about travelling, and on the 26th we went to Hiroshima by Shinkansen.
Hiroshima is a places that everybody knows because of its sad historyI wanted to see it to understand that history better. The most famous feature and ‘symbol’ of Hiroshima is the A-bomb Dome that stands by the river.
The peace park around the dome has many other memorials to that day, but dome is always the main focus with park planned to always show it framed in new and unexpected ways.
Another interesting memorial though is the one dedicated to Sadako Sasaki.
Her memorial is surrounded by display cases filled with paper cranes sent to Hiroshima from all around the world, many from school children who are learning about what happened there.
Those last cranes are some of the ones folded by Sadako herself from her hospital bed, and they can be seen in the Peace Memorial Museum in the park.
The collection is a mix of historical documentation leading up to the bombing, models of the city before and after the blast. Artifacts found in the aftermath and preserved, the most affecting of which for me were the watches and clocks; all stopped at 8.15 when the bomb dropped.
Leaving the museum it’s good to be reminded that Hiroshima is now, once again, a city full of life. Even the trees blackened by the blast now put out new leaves in spring, and while it’s important not to forget some things, it’s also good not to think about them too hard.
So, needing something a little lighter to finish the day, we were pleased to see that the town still had its Christmas illuminations in place; giving us a nice way to spend a wintery evening.