|Hiroshima and Oyster Beds in the Inland Sea|
Blog Entry #51: The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Island of Miyajima
Saturday, November 12, 2011
|Buddha & Peace Pole|
We had decided to stay two days in Hiroshima to have time to more fully experience the Peace Park, and we were glad this day for that decision. After a leisurely breakfast as the Comfort Hotel, we checked out, moved our backpacks next door to the Reino Inn, and headed back to the Peace Park for the morning.
The rain from the previous day had been replaced by warm sunshine, and the flowers and trees of the park welcomed us back.
|8:15 am Clock Memorial|
|National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims|
|Photo Panel of Hiroshima Victims|
|Mizuno Family victims|
|Monument for Korean Victims of the A-Bomg|
|Pat being interviewed by University of Hiroshima students|
|Cenotaph & A-Bomb Dome|
I was interviewed three times and Pat four on issues from air pollution and global warming, to oil spills and world poverty and famine. It was not always clear to us how well they understood our answers, but their faces lit up when I gave them my card showing I am a professor of environmental studies at the University of Montana.
|Inside the #2 Streetcar|
|Ferry to Miyajima Island|
|Riding the Ferry to Miyajima Island|
|The Torii gate in the Miyajima Harbor|
Instead they passed through the brilliant vermillion Torii gate in the harbor, now one of the most photographed places in Japan.
|Menu options at our restaurant|
Dodging the very tame “wild deer” who inhabit the island and aggressively chase anyone holding food [my favorite warning sign read: “JR railway passes cannot be replaced so please take care not to let it get eaten by a deer”], we found a restaurant where we could indulge in stewed rice and curry dishes before beginning our exploration of the island.
|Senjo-kaku Pavilion & Pagoda|
|The Inland Sea from Mt. Misen on Miyajima|
|"Baby Buddhas" on Mt. Misen|
|Kobo Daishi's Flame|
|Japanese maples & fall colors on Mt. Misen|
|Torii Gate at night|
|Memorial Mound in Hiroshima Peace Park|
The moon reminded us that exactly one month ago we watched the same full moon rise over the Taj Mahal and the Ganges River at Varanassi – what a whirlwind and amazing month we have had in the interlude.
|Preparing Okonomiyaki in Hiroshima|
We made our way back to the Peace Park by the streetcar, and finished a very full day by dining on the local Hiroshima delicacy – okonomiyaki – a delicious plate of fried noodles and toppings. Then to bed to prepare for our early morning departure for Tokyo the next day.