Hello everyone! Another filler post here. Today we’ll be traveling in Hiroshima (pronounced Hee-roh-shee-muh, for those of you with Westerner pronunciation in your heads). I’ll be honest, we’re mostly going because I have heard that the okonomiyaki (oh-koh-noh-mee-yah-kee) there is the best anywhere. However, we’re also going to spend some time in the Peace Memorial Park and at the castle. After that we may duck over by the ocean to let off some steam and unwind from the emotional experience. I hear it’s pretty intense.
From the other travel blogs I’ve read, the residents of Hiroshima are, hands down, some of the most incredible people out there. They were incinerated by Americans and then ridiculed by their own countrymen for being damaged by the radiation. Now they are some of the most active voices for peace and equality in Japan.One of my colleagues a few days ago was commenting that we “blew them up twice because they didn’t take the hint the first time.” I reminded him, less politely, that no nation will ever accept defeat after just one blow. It is in the nature of the noblest of us to fight to the bitter end, for our survival and that of our children.
I’m looking forward to this part of the trip, if only because I believe that after Hiroshima, Japan is, perhaps, the nation most prepared to handle natural and nuclear disasters. The rest of the world might crumble under the face of such wild events as the earthquake-typhoon-nuclear disaster impact that recently hit Japan. Only Japan has the experience to toss on a super hero cape and clean up the mess.
While doing research for our trip, I came across a the story of an incredible man who lived through both Japan bombings and still lived to be 93. Apparently he was the only man to live through both blasts. He suffered health problems later in life, but I think he must have been the luckiest man ever to live, despite what BBC had to say about it.
Where have you been? Have you seen Tiananmen Square? Were you there for Chernobyl? Did you walk the edge of the Twin Tower rubble? What strength have you witnessed rising from the ashes? With any luck, I’ll be able to update this post with some accompanying pictures.