Thursday, March 30, 2006

Hiroshima Castle

Here's a picture of Hiroshima Castle, although if I were building a castle, I'd add an elevator. It seemed like we spent our entire time in the castle climbing stairs. Seriously though, the original castle was destroyed by the bomb. This concrete version was built in 1958. It is now a museum, with a lot of interesting artifacts from the various periods of Hiroshima's history. You can even try on replica samurai armor. Like every respectable castle, this one has a nice moat (right). Dis-appointingly, instead of piranhas, this one has turtles and koi. If your knees can take the climb to the top, you will be rewarded with a nice view.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

A Piece of History

Hiroshima is most famous for being the city where the first Atomic Bomb was dropped. Located next to the Motoyasu river, the A-bomb Dome is the former Industrial Promotion Hall. It was almost directly below the bomb's hypocenter. It is believed that the dome absorbed most of the impact from the explosion, preventing the the Hall from being completely destroyed. It is now the only remaining building present during the explosion.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Welcome to Hiroshima!

Welcome to "A City." What a beautiful view the Lord has given us! Here's a shot from our apartment balcony. We thought we would begin with a few pictures from around our home. Enjoy!

A veiw of the neighborhood across from our apartment. More and more Japanese people are getting away from traditional Japanese style homes and are building Western style homes.