Greetings from Hiroshima. We arrived by bullet train on Friday (hence the rather exciting picture) these are the all singing all dancing tilting trains which don't make you sick (as they are all on the line from Glasgow to London). So on arrival we were approached by a lovely Japanese guy who took us directly to our hotel. He wasn't a tour guy or anything but he wanted to practice his English. Unfortunately, his feet were under someone else's control and the poor chap kept tripping up. Anyway he did a good job and we got there in one piece. That night we went for a romantic stroll under the cherry blossom and apparently it is a good place to hold meetings! It looked like we had walked into someone's office with business men sat around on tarpolin. Random.
So on the next day we did what any history teacher has to do in Hiroshima...we went to the museum. But it was a really good museum this one even if parts were a tad graphic. Anyway we learnt that the atomic bomb actually exploded 600m above its target and never made contact with the ground. So lesson over with, we sat under the trees with bento boxes. Amazing what you can do with cold rice and seaweed! (Picture will follow)
Next day we found an import shop and found all there was that was random. From proper cheese i.e. NOT the laughing cow, to SPAM in this funk little shop. The went for a stroll around the castle grounds. Where we were confronted with a strange sight. Obviously Sunday league football is not the rage in Japan, However beating each other with sticks of bamboo is! So we stayed to watch the entertainment of children in ninja outfits beat each other. But they seemed to enjoy it anyway. Then we went to Hiroshima castle whiｃｈ was restored after a certain bomb wrecked the first one.
After a couple of easy days we were off on another journey to our final hotel!!
Off to Osaka it was.
Louise & Heather.