Continue Monday 7th September
After leaving Himeji Castle we went to the station to get the train to Hiroshima, a bit of a wait, so hung around. Both jumped out of our skins when a bullet train, which clearly wasn't stopping at this station went wizzing by. Was amazed by its speed, so as we had a few minutes free, we decided to get our videos ready to film the next one. Seemed to be waiting a while and unfortunately it came and went too quick and we wasn't quite ready, but did manage to catch the one after that, crazy how fast they go.
Our train journey was quick enough and luckily managed to get a map and directions to hostel from an informaiton desk in station, as we had forgotten to do this before we left last hostel. With no time to waist, we booked in and dropped our bags off, then found the nearest tram and caught it to what they call A-Bomb Dome, where the first atomic bomb was dropped in (I think) 1945.
This place has got to be one of my most saddest experiences, I was almost in tears, we didn't have long in the museum as it was about to close, but I'm quite pleased as I think any longer and I would have been blubbering like a baby. You can not even imagine what those poor people went through, well those few that survived anyway.
As we left the museum we were both silent for about 30mins, it was so moving. We stood and looked at the Dome for ages, absolutely lost for words. The memorials in the park were lovely but again very moving and just trying to take it all in was a little too much. The park surrounding the Dome was beautiful as you can imagine, so peaceful and quaint. We probably spent an hour or so wandering around and then headed back, it really makes you realise what you have in life and to try and make the most of it and enjoy everyday as much as you can, you never know whats around the corner.
Not really hungary after that, but thought we'd better eat before settling for the night, the lady on reception recommended a really good restaurant around the corner, which was well known for its Hiroshima version of what they call Okonomi-yaki, which is kinda like lots of onion, lettace, ham etc inside a big omelete. We found the little place easily, it was so tiny, you could probably only sit about 6 people comfortably, but the young couple running it were so friendly, so we sat right next to the stove, where they cook in front of you. Not realising quite how much food goes into one of these, we asked for one each. You really need a BIG apetite to be able to have one to yourself. They don't neccessarily look apetising but my goodness they are yummy. I ate a good half of mine, luckily they let you have a doggy bag so I took the rest for lunch tomorrow. Was amazing. mmmmmm
Now we were all set for a good nights sleep.