Shukkei-en Garden

After the overcrowded gardens of Kyoto it was really nice to visit somewhere peaceful and quiet, yet right in the heart of the city of Hiroshima. Shukkei-en Garden has a history dating back to 1620 when an expert in the construction of Japanese gardens was brought in from Kyoto by the seventh lord of the... Continue Reading →

Big In Japan

Today finds me on the inland sea. I'm on the ferry from Matsuyama back to Hiroshima, a trip of about 2 hours 40 minutes. About is the wrong word to use in Japan when it comes to official times. If they say 2h 40m that's exactly what they mean. Anyway it's big, the Royal Wedding,... Continue Reading →

Fukuya Department Store

The plaque you can see in the photograph shows the store after the A Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. That's the store today on the opposite side of the road. The inscription says that the store was approximately 710 metres from the blast centre but it's construction of steel rods and reinforced concrete meant that... Continue Reading →

Mitaki Temple

OK! So it's hot an oppressive in the city. 29 degrees, the humidity is about 75% and rising because we have had a weather warning for severe thunderstorms tonight. This morning I went to Mitaki Temple, but it's not just a Temple. There are sprawling landscaped gardens and buildings nestled in woodland up the hillside.... Continue Reading →

The Bird Man Of Hiroshima

Down by the A Bomb Dome in the shade of the trees an old gentleman feeds the birds each day. He's quite happy to let you take his photograph as long as you don't overstay your welcome

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