Japan 2019 Day 3 - Hiroshima~Jun 26, 2019 5 min read
I’m just laying here in total darkness because I can’t turn on the lights without it.
Reminder that this thing is supposed to be your room key too.
F U T U R E
Though without the alarm, I finally got a decent night’s sleep so oh well.
I give The Millennials Kyoto capsule hotel a 👍/10.
One of the nicest places I’ve stayed at and for less than £25 a night too.
They need to ditch that ipod though.
Good morning, Kyoto.
I give Kyoto a too-many-buses/10.
Everything is too spread out and the public transport is lacking.
I was looking at a street-sign map and an elderly man asked if I needed help.
Of course, he didn’t know where my station was because I got the name wrong 😅
It’s ok, I was only checking the board out of curiosity since I already have Google Maps.
>taking an escalator down into the station
>suitcase topples over while I was sorting out my umbrella
Good thing there wasn’t anybody below me h-haha…
The thing I like about Shinkansen stations is that there are still souvenir and food shops past the ticket gates for you to browse while you wait for the train.
S H I N K A N S E N
Went for a katsu sandwich instead of a bento this time and IT WAS SO GOOD.
It’s simple but the meat had the perfect tenderness, juiciness and oishiiness.
A refrigerated sandwich has no right being this good.
wtf I love Hiroshima now
I’m here. First time in Hiroshima…um, now what?
That’s a butt.
I was checking out the schedules when a local guide asked if I knew where to go.
She told me to join this queue for a buses. I didn’t want to ride anymore buses…
You can tell they’re local guides by the funny hats.
Do I need to boop my SUICA? …no response. O-Ok then.
Sitting here, frantically googling if SUICA works in Hiroshima.
I only have a 10000 yen note on me and I’m not sure if they’re accepted on buses…
>"Page does not contain the word Hiroshima"
Then why are you showing it to me? Google’s algorithm gets worse every day.
Oh shit oh fuck it’s my stop. H-Here goes…it works! Almost…
Driver told me I should have booped my card before the doors had closed.
Just a couple minutes walk away from the main road. I’m liking Hiroshima already.
Compared to Tokyo, Hiroshima simultaneously feels scaled down and more open at the same time.
2022 Update: It’s a Hotel MYSTAYS here now. Another national chain.
They upgraded my room for free. Guess it’s not a busy time of the year.
Um, what’s actually different compared to the room I booked? Maybe the bed is bigger?
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
There’s my hotel on the right. It’s right next to the park.
The Memorial Monument to the Victims of the Atomic Bomb Hiroshima Municipal Girls High School
This monument was built when Japan was still occupied by the allied forces.
They were forced to use the phrase E=MC2 instead of directly mentioning the atomic bomb.
Peace “Watch” Tower
The cogwheel device under the digital displays implicitly warns that human history continues to tick toward its end if nothing is done.
The device consists of 15 cogwheels lined up from top to bottom.
The concept is: the cogwheel at the top rotates 100 times per minute, but it will spin faster if the earth shows signs of being in danger. If it reaches the immovable cogwheel at the bottom, the clock will automatically self-destruct.
In order to stop the cogwheel from spinning, we must work toward abolishing all nuclear weapons and seek for an age of coexistence among humankind without dependence on military force.
The Peace “Watch” Tower reminds us to stop these cogwheels from rotating — reminds us to put our heads together to eliminate nuclear weapons, and reminds us to put an end to our dependence on military force, to live in an age of peaceful coexistence.
Not sure how many exhibits I’m missing out with the main building closed but it was worth visiting.
I learnt a lot about the effect the bomb had on the civilians, something often overlooked.
Don’t bring the kids though. There were some very disturbing images.
“Let all the souls here rest in peace for we shall not repeat the evil.”
The arch is positioned to frame the Peace Flame and A-Bomb Dome.
It also represents a shelter for the souls of the victims written underneath.
The Peace Flame is kept lit until the day there no more nuclear bombs left in the world.
Children’s Peace Monument
“This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”
Dedicated to the child victims of the bomb.
In Japanese tradition, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you a wish.
Most often, people fold paper cranes in hopes of curing an illness.
The paper cranes are donated from around the world.
Sadako Sasaki was a girl who died from leukemia after radiation poisoning.
Her story was even made into a novel called “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”.
Cenotaph for Korean Victims
There were more than just Japanese living in Hiroshima.
The only building that was left standing near the bomb explosion.
Now preserved as a reminder to future generations.
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
Visiting all the memorials really puts you in a heavy mood.
The Orizuru Tower, next to the park, has a more uplifting tone.
OKOMOKO donburi, namachi chips and iced tea at Akushu Cafe
Okonomiyaki is one of Hiroshima’s regional dishes but this is a rice bowl.
I’ll be trying an actual okonomiyaki tomorrow.
I got the namachi chips because I was curious but it’s just salted crisps.
I don’t often feel ripped off in Japan but the tea cost more than the main dish.
Photos of the observation deck itself will come later~
The staff had to step in when I got stuck on a step because I’m a baka gaijin.
Which is extra embarrassing considering I used to make a bunch of these during uni.
Good times - 2011
“Don’t be shy, feel free to take lots of photos! 😊”
They had a staff member supervising the corridor to make sure people don’t die.
I only took this photo because I felt pressured to.
stolenborrowed from Tripadvisor.
My crane is lying in that pile somewhere.
I wonder how many years it’s going to take for it to fill up to the top.
Waiting for sunset before taking photos of the observation deck itself.
Went to get a drink.
The english menu said “Hot Honey Lemon Drink” so I asked for a hachimitsu remon.
Turns out the japanese menu didn’t have the word honey/hachimitsu in it…
but the cold version of the drink does…
The staff came over and gave me a blanket 😊
*zips up coat*
*sips ice cold honey lemonade*
Half an hour later…
Image from https://www.orizurutower.jp
It was so barren in the promo images that I had a hard time wrapping my head around what I was even looking at.
“Sampo” SPIRAL SLOPE
They had slides all the way back down but split 1 floor at a time.
It was a pain getting on and off so after a couple of floors I walked the rest.
🔞 NSFW images ahead 🔞
>If there's a Yellow Submarine, I wonder if they also have an Animate around here
Oh, they do. Guess this is how I’m ending my day.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
How do I get a job as a display decorator?
Is the Order a Rabbit?
Usagis alive and well.
One thing I didn’t miss about Japan is all the ear rape.
Trigger warning: vertical video.
This Animate shares their building with Melonbooks, C-Labo and Lashinbang.
Someone made a doujin photographing cats in different countries.
There’s a vtuber section now. Akari seems to be the top bitch.
意地悪過ぎる女の子の射精管理遊び by トランスイノベーション
Struggling to figure out the concept for this onahole.
It’s like she pulled out something from the back of the fridge that had mutated.
I looked it up and it comes bundled with an instructional audio CD.
Your little sister forces you to fuck this disgusting blob while she makes mean comments.
Iya na Kao Sare Nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai
How do you go from this…
Kawaikereba Hentai demo Suki ni Natte Kuremasu ka?
Oh hey, it’s that thing that got an anime announced recently.
You can tell by the long name that it’s a light novel.
I got excited thinking Anmi was doing porn but they just drew the front cover.
Lemon candy, lemon scent spray, milk jam, paper crane ornament and a Sylphy figure.
I don’t know anything about Desktop Army but this one is designed by BLADE so sure.
Toranoana gave me another clear file thing (bottom left).
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