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A morning in Hiroshima

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In the morning we leave the Kyoto hostel for two days to go to Hiroshima, Miyajima and Matsuyama. The good thing is that the K's Hostel kept our bags at reception during those two days (¥ 100 per bag) so we could go lightly carrying only a couple of backpacks.

Genbaku domu

We took the shinkansen at the Kyoto station to Hiroshima, there we arrived at 10.30am (two hours approximately) and, as usual, we went to the tourist office to find a map of the city. Hiroshima is known worldwide for being the first city where the atomic bomb was dropped. At the train station on the left is the tram stop that leads to the Genbaku Domu (lines 6 and 2). The tram ticket can be purchased inside it, but attention because there are two machines inside the tram: one that gives the change and another where you have to put the exact amount. I was wrong and I put the money in the exchange thinking that this machine charged and returned the excess money (such as those on buses in Kyoto and Tokyo), and without realizing it I got off without paying (it is paid when you get off) . Once there we stopped for coffee at a cafeteria in front of the Carps baseball stadium, the city team (baseball in Japan is like football here). The cafeteria was decorated with photos, t-shirts, posters and team balls. A little more awake, we went to the Peace park.

Children's monument surrounded by cranes.

On August 6, 1945 at 8.15 am the Enola Gay plane launched the "Little boy" over the political area of ​​Hiroshima, starring in one of the most horrifying and shameful actions in the history of mankind. The bomb exploded 580 meters above the city, creating a temperature of about 300,000ºC and causing devastation in a radius of 3 kilometers around. 80,000 people died instantly disintegrated. A Japanese graphic reporter arrived at 11.30h, three hours later, to cover the event but could only shoot his camera four times because he was unable to portray so much horror.

Grouped cranes made by schoolchildren from all over Japan.

He Genbaku Domu It is inside the Parque de la Paz, epicenter where the bomb exploded. It was originally the headquarters of the Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Center, and the atomic bomb exploded just about 160 meters away. The Genbaku Domu has remained as a symbol of the city as its structure survived the explosion. For many years there was debate about what to do with the building, but in the end the citizens decided to keep it as is.

Inside of the Peace Memorial Park there are several monuments: the Peace Bell, the Flame of Peace, he Children's Peace Monument and the Peace Memorial Museum.

Hiroshima before the bomb ...

... and as it turned out.

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