Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum, Atomic Dome & Hiroshima Castle
Dates: 31 Mar – 3 Apr
I couldn’t go to Japan and not visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum, it’s such a unique place and something that will never be forgotten.
I obviously knew how devastating a nuke is, but until you read the stories from survivors and see the various items in the museum it’s hard to grasp just how much damage they cause. What really stuck with me was the aftermath – a large chunk of the people that died didn’t directly die from the bomb on the day, and actually died in the following months in various horrific ways. People were even feeling the aftermath of the bomb many years later, I remember reading one story of someone who had a piece of glass fall out of their skin 29 years after the bomb – incredible.
I’ve always had a love for castles & anything medieval so pair that up with my love for Japan, I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Hiroshima Castle. As you walk up through the castle you pass displays of many different suits of Samurai armour & all the different styles of Japanese Sword including one which you can pick up – they’re much lighter than I thought. There is a strict no photography rule in the castle which while i’m sure with a Fuji X100t I could have got around, I respected this and didn’t shoot inside the castle.