I think most people who visit Japan go to Hiroshima. After Tokyo, Kyoto is probably the biggest destination for tourists and then Hiroshima is only about two hours away on the Shinkansen.
It is a super easy city to get around, the tram system is simple to work out and has cheap tickets. Accommodation within walking distance of the Peace Memorial Park is plentiful, inexpensive by Japanese standards and high quality.
I recommend experiencing a sunrise and sunset in the Peace Park if possible, but just do a day trip from Kyoto if necessary. The island of Miyajima is very close to Hiroshima too, but that is another story.
I wrote quite a few poems this time.
As part of the Children's Peace Memorial paper cranes are displayed.
|Children's Peace Memorial|
|Obama came to visit in 2016|
|You can sound this crane inside the Children's Peace Memorial|
|To a friend's work back home - nice synergy|
is our world-responsibility
The message of Hiroshima:
Let every soul
ring the peace-bell.
|Anyone is allowed to ring this bell!|
Peace is to bow.
A privilege indeed.
Peace is the song
How to appreciate beauty.
|This crane was a gift from a wandering local|
To the day.
|Another friendly local offered to take my picture at sunset|
A little Peace
is not enough.
13 September 2016
While composing this post, I wrote another poem. It was inspired by a picture I took of a stone which the youth of Fort William, Scotland and Dudley, Worcestershire, England felt compelled to present to the youth of Hiroshima in 1972. The Peace Park contains many intriguing sculptures and such.
not a new discovery,
But the ancient summit
of our life-mountain.