Yay! A weekend trip to Hiroshima!
We had a three day weekend, so we traveled to Hiroshima via train and shinkansen, getting there in only two hours time. Nice! Above is our short shinkansen ride, below is Aioi Road at night.
We arrived in time for dinner, so we headed out in search of Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and found Chinchikurin, a happening restaurant near the Hon-dori Shopping Arcade.
Above is the chef making our dinner, below is the okonomiyaki. Hiroshima-style consists of a thin crepe-like pancake, noodles, cabbage, and a scrambled egg topped with okonomiyaki sauce and nori (toasted seaweed), and usually with pork (but not for us).
The weather was particularly fine, so we took a walk over to the A-bomb dome to view it at night.
For me, the eerie nighttime lighting of the structure makes it loom larger, and creates a more powerful image than viewing it during the day.
On Friday we headed out to Miyajima.
The island is famous for oysters, so we tried some for lunch. Above is one of the many stalls selling oysters, below is our oyster rice bowl lunch.
On the central street on the island...
We ate some Momiji Manju, little cakes filled with chocolate, custard, or red bean paste. Yum!
Joe with one of the many deer that inhabit the island.
The Seto Inland Sea....
The famous tori at Itsukushima Shrine.
Joe and I in front of the tori. When I went to Itsukushima in 2007, we visited at low tide, so the tori was surrounded by sand and mud. This time, we made sure to check the tide charts.
Scenery from inside the shrine.
A woman praying at the shrine.
The tori as viewed from inside the Honden, or main hall, of the shrine.
More views from the shrine.
The shrine itself is placed on the tidal flat (not sunk down to the bedrock). This is a view from the central pier. I love the reflection of the tori on the water.
What lovely hair....
Joe inside the shrine.
A cool portrait sculpture at the temple next to the shrine.
We walked to the top of the hill to see the pagoda up close.
Along the shore after touring the temple.
Looking back at the island from the ferry.
Back at the ferry station, Samurai Joe.
Riding the lovely Hiroshima streetcars.
For dinner we found the awesome Vegan Cafe, housed inside a yoga studio. We had Mushroom Pasta and Black Sesame Rissotto. Yummy!!
Joe inside the cafe.
At night we hit up the club Jamaica, which had house djs spinning.
At the club. It appears as if nobody is there, but it became quite packed at about midnight.
On Saturday we had a leisurely coffee shop and people watching breakfast in central Hiroshima before heading to the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art to see Dorodoro doron: The Uncanny World in Folk and Contemporary Art in Asia.
After leaving the museum, we walked through the surrounding park, checking out some early spring blossoms.
We walked down to the Peace Park area and had lunch at the fantastic outdoor Cafe Ponte.
After lunch we toured the Peace Memorial Museum.
The exhibits inside the museum cover the history of the events surrounding the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, the effects of radiation, and issues related to nuclear arms. It is a powerful place, to say the least.
After touring the museum we walked around the Peace Memorial Park. Inside the cenotaph the names of the bombing victims are listed, currently the number is over 220,000. The a-bomb dome is visible in the distance.
Hoping for peace....
A few of the thousands of paper cranes left at the Peace Park by schoolchildren and other groups.
At the end of a fantastic weekend.
Our last stop in Hiroshima was for ice cream. Yay!