japan, part II

I never finished Japan, so here you go.

a bomb dome

The A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima.

Radiation Effects Research Facility (formerly Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission)

Radiation Effects Research Center (formerly Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission)

four hibakuska women we met

Four hibakusha (被爆者 or bomb-affected persons) we met with - the woman with them is a hibakusha as well, and one of the youngest survivors (6 mos. old). She travelled with us.

ye are my witnesses

My pitiful attempt at a paper crane.

floating torii

The "floating" torii at the Itsukushima Shrine near Hiroshima - it's one of the Three Views of Japan, which were determined in 1643, and that kind of blows my mind.

floating away!

Floating lanterns at the Hiroshima lantern ceremony. In honor of those who died, especially those who died crying mizu or "water" - messages of peace are written on the sides and they're sent down the rivers.

nagasaki memorial

Nagasaki memorial. I think it's really peaceful (and it feels like you're underwater)

remains of dinner

One of the most lovely nights, we spent in a restaurant as the only people speaking English, eating delicious yakitori.

paper cranes

These are strands of paper cranes - gifts of 1000 are given at these memorial ceremonies in memory of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who contracted leukemia after Hiroshima, and started to fold 1000 paper cranes (which traditionally gives you a wish). Stories differ, but the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum says she finished, and has some of her cranes there. She died in 1955, aged 12.

revolving sushi (4th time)


I think they are doing dragonball

It's hard to express the highs and lows, and how close we got to our peace families. Here, we're on top of a mountain in Nagasaki overlooking the harbor, on almost our last night.

me interviewed by NHK (Japanese news)

I was interviewed by NHK, a TV station in Japan, about my experience at the Nagasaki ceremony.

empty akihabura :(

We returned to Tokyo, and the electronic city was closed.

I have so many more photos, but this will have to do for now.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.