here we are starting our roadtrip with a little starbucks in himeji. left to right it's Lorna from the UK, me and Robin. also, Mariko's hand makes an appearance.
we were told hiroshima was a 5 hour drive, but we made it thanks to kelly's racecar skills in about 2 and 1/2 hours. our first stop was a quick bit of lunch, and then the peace park and museum. it was hard to believe sometimes that i had been there before. of all the places in the world to feel like you're coming home to...but i had forgotten how much i really do love hiroshima. it's a city of amazing contrasts, and i remember thinking the first time i came how i would like to live there. i still feel that way. maybe someday i will. anyway, here's a good shot taken of the atom bomb dome.
and one of me in front of the dome:
Robin took this picture of the Sadako children's memorial statue:
and here's a picture of me enjoying the tone of the peace bell:
we didn't take many pictures of the inside of the museum, there's something about it that just doesn't seem right. let me recommend though that if you ever do go to the peace museum, do not get the audio guide. i prefered my visit without it last time. just take the time to read the information. i didn't cry this time, but only because i knew what was coming. it's still a very heavy place. if you visit me in japan, i will take you there.
by the time we were through the museum, it was dark, and the peace archway across from the museum was lit up beautifully. i decided to do a mudra for peace inside so as to add my own desires for peace to its power.
of course if one intends to eat anything while in hiroshima, it must be the famous okunomiyaki. definately the best in all of japan. the first time i had okunomiyaki was in hiroshima, and everything since has failed to compare. now the girls finally understand what i'm talking about. here's a cute one kelly took of us as we waited to chow down.
on that note, i need to get some dinner of my own for tonight, so i shall post about days two and three after an intermission.