From the Textbooks-Hiroshima

We went to Japan during our Christmas holiday and flew into Fukuoka early Wednesday morning. We headed straight for the bullet train station to take the train to see the a bomb building in Hiroshima for the first night. To get from Fukuoka to Hiroshima was only an hour train ride and man those trains are fast! But I’m sure you could’ve guessed that.

shinkansen bullet train

Our first stop was the Hiroshima Castle. There was a gorgeous trail around the entire castle with a large moat around the perimeter. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside because everything was closed for the New Year.

hiroshima castleThere were several men manicuring all of the trees. we just assumed that they grew this way, we had no idea that they had hired workers to make the trees look the way they did.
hiroshima castle
hiroshima castle
hiroshima castle
hiroshima castle

This was one of our favorite stops during our trip. The a bomb building was actually the main reason we decided to stop in hiroshima at all. It was the only building that remained standing after the states dropped the atomic bomb on the city. The bomb was actually dropped almost directly above it and they say that it is part of the reason why the dome survived. Before the bomb hit, the building was known in Hiroshima for it’s emerald green dome. It was amazing and so surreal to see this building after learning all about it in school and textbooks. 

a-bomb building, hiroshima
We went late at night because we heard that it was all lit up and it made for a beautiful sight. The air around the building was hushed as people walked around, speaking in whispers. The picture below shows the before and after affect of the building.
a-bomb building, hiroshima
  • PAUL R WHITHAM

    We love the update/pictures!!! Sounds like you had a great time! Thank you for sharing. Love/miss you both very much. we do pray for you constantly.