Thursday, January 31, 2008


On Monday, Fox and I had the opportunity to go to Hiroshima with our friend Matt, who was taking his visiting parents sightseeing. We took a bus from a neighboring city and got there in three hours. Cash did great on the trip. It was so neat to be in a big city that had a Subway (not the transportation--the sandwiches)! It was also a very eye-opening trip.
Here we are in front of the A-Bomb dome. The A-Bomb was dropped above it. It's the only building that has been left in ruins, as a memorial of that tragic day.

Here is the memorial arch that shows the dome and also the flame that will only be extinguished once all nuclear weapons have been eliminated:

For any of you familiar with the story "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes", here are the actual cranes she folded. They got smaller and smaller as she got sicker and sicker, until finally she was folding them with a needle:

This is a diorama of the destruction of the bomb. This area housed over 6500 residents. By the end of 1945, over 140,000 people died as a result of the bomb's effects.