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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by lightcycle, Aug 1, 2012.
I just stopped by for a pun.
It's after dark as we pull into a suburb on the outskirts of Hiroshima. We find a youth hostel, that's a bit more modern than the ryokans that we've been staying in lately.
It's typical budget accommodations, dorm-style rooms and shared bathrooms. Good enough for the 10 or so hours we'll be staying for!
This is the common area, the Japanese kitsch continues! :)
No shortage of party hooch to purchase I see.
Well... youth hostel. What can you say?
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Our hostel sits right on Hiroshima Bay, and when we awake to pack the bikes, we are treated to the magnificent sight of the mountains of Noumishima peninsula just across the bay. The waters in the bay are known for the delectable oysters that are fished off the coast.
Oyster farms in Hiroshima Bay
Today, we're riding into the city to spend the day at the Peace Memorial Museum. Most of our history of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are written and retold through western textbooks and documentaries. These accounts celebrate the tides of World War II turning when an atomic bomb was dropped on these two cities in Japan, demoralizing the enemy and ensuring victory for the allies.
An interesting part of our trip is taking the opportunity to view history from the other side. In Cuba, we saw all sorts of government propaganda describing the Bay of Pigs from another perspective. It wasn't called the Cuban Missile Crisis in Cuba, and JFK wasn't wearing a cape either.
But here in Hiroshima, the Peace Museum offers a different agenda. There are no alternate depictions of heroes and villains, just the lives of ordinary citizens affected by the devastating effects of nuclear warfare. It doesn't seek to rewrite history, instead its mission is to ensure no person or country ever has to suffer death, destruction and "atomic bomb disease" ever again.
The Peace Park outside the Hiroshima Peace Museum
Immediately inside the museum, we are confronted with a 3D map of the city. A red ball is suspended over the map. This is where the atomic bomb exploded, 600 meters above Hiroshima. One second after the bomb detonated, the ball of radioactive fire is already 280 meters in diameter.
Each room in the museum showcases items like the surviving scrap of a school kid's uniform, burnt ID of a man going to work, a recording of the survivor's account of that day, reliving the searing heat of the bomb's blast, searching through rubble to find loved ones, all the while their limbs melting off their bodies like candlewax. Harrowing stuff.
The size and position of the atomic bomb blast above Hiroshima, one second after detonation
When I was in grade school, I read a book called "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes". It was written by a Canadian author and was part of the elementary school curriculum in my district. The story was about a Japanese schoolgirl who was two years old when she survived the atomic bomb blast at Hiroshima, but later developed acute lymphoma 10 years later.
Sadako Sasaki in 1948
Sadako was inspired by a Japanese legend that claimed that if one folded 1,000 origami cranes, their wish would be granted. Her surviving family members say Sadako managed to fold over 1,400 paper cranes, but she died on October 25th, 1955.
Sadako and her paper cranes have become an international symbol for the innocent victims of nuclear warfare.
At the Peace Museum, volunteers tell the story of Sadako and help visitors fold paper cranes made from origami paper
After Sadako's death, her family donated some of her paper cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Museum, as well as other museums around the world
Nice to catch up with you two - I've been four wheel camper vanning for the last couple of years but like everyone else, hunkered dow for the duration. Hope you're both safe and in a good place to ride this out.
Two years is a nice stretch of time to be out there. Stay safe and healthy!
Itching to get this season of RideDOT.com re-booted.
At least we got the bike out of storage. Doing some drills in the parking lot behind our house.
Hope everyone is doing well out there.
Practice tight left turns Neda...
A new season we'll read about in 3 years?
It‘s always good to look forward for some wonderful stories to read in the years to come.
As one big Master once said: Patience, patience,...
Even the parking lot behind your house is scenic!!!
More cunning punnery please Sir...
I have to say thanks for all the hard work you've done over the years with RideDOT.com posts. They've been the perfect solution to keeping me from going stir crazy during this stay at home lock down. A great reminder that there is a wonderful world out there that you enjoyed and now I've been enjoying it too. Plus the puns always put a smile on my face and a chuckle. If you ever decide to come off the road, you would be a great stand up comic!
Until Gene comes back from dirt tracking we have Lightcycles...