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Okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
 
 
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- Sunday, July 4, 2004 (Day4) -
 
     
  Travel to Hiroshima on the Bullet Train  
 

(Comments by Molly Rose, 2004 Fellow, on July 4, 2004)

 
 
 
Today we travelled from Tokyo to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen or bullet train. Prior to coming to Japan, this was one of the many things friends and family has insisted was a part of the whole Japan experience! Ruthlessly efficient and spotlessly clean, it provided a start contrast to the misery of British rail! Arriving in Hiroshima, we were taken to a restaurant where we made our own okonominyaki. Brilliant fun and rewardingly delicious.
 
Peace Memorial Park Visit in Hiroshima

(Comments by Dana Gurney, 2004 Fellow, on July 4, 2004)

 

Upon arriving at Hiroshima station, you could immediately feel the humidity in the air. After lunch, we drove to the Atomic Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park, and Atomic Bomb Museum, which felt rather ironic given the date celebrated in the USA, 7-04.

Seeing the Atomic Bomb Dome takes your breath away! The Peace Memorial Park is very beautiful. I enjoyed seeing the lotus flowers surrounding the peace bell on which is a depiction of our continents without boundaries. It is truly remarkable how this city has chosen peace and reconciliation and is a beacon of peacemaking for all of us.

One of my favorite parts of the park was the statue commemorating the life of a young girl, Sadako, who died of cancer at 12. The story tells us of how Sadako and her friends used origami cranes as symbols of hope and peace. We also saw trees that had survived. These two trees have beautiful white blossoms. Their nuts are harvested and shared with schools throughout Japan. The seed of peace is sown in the country.

The devastation of the a-bomb is apparent throughout the park and museum. The personal stories and artifacts enable the history to become more alive for us. And while the sharing of these stories must be so difficult for the Japanese, it is also so important for us to experience as we explore our roles as educators to promote peace!

 
 

       
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