Shukkeien Garden, a great little garden in the middle of the city. It was a nice quiet place with all kinds of plants, birds, fish, turtles and even some crabs.
|AHHH! mini crabs|
After a short walk, we came upon Hiroshima Castle. A beautiful building, that the original was unfortunately destroyed in the bombing. After the war, they rebuilt it exactly as it looked when it was brand new. Inside was a great display of life when the castle was first built, including commoners and samurai exhibits.
Lastly we headed to the major landmark of the city, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park. The dome was very interesting to see. The building is just as it was after the bombing, rubble and all. 140,000 people died that day, including everyone in that building, who died instantly. I can't believe the destruction and force it took to just leave the hollow shell of half the building.
The Peace Park surrounds the A-Bomb Dome and has several memorials to the victims. We went into one that displayed all of the names and photos of the men, women, children and American POW's. The only words that I can use to express how I felt there was guilt and sadness.
|Memorial for the Children|