Sunday, April 03, 2016

In Hiroshima

We saw all the memorials to the devastation the atom bomb caused. The museum was powerful in that it showed just how destructive the bomb was, but also brought it to a personal level. Random pieces of property belonging to victims helped to show that over a hundred thousand individual lives were lost.

The hall of victims wa  powerful, especially the exhibit just outside that showed the names and faces of the fallen. I watched for awhile and the list didn't move from people whose last names started with O. In the hall, Candace overheard an American saying that Hitler's mother was Jewish. In case he reads this, no she was not.

The atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki are a horrible stain on American history. The decision to unleash these horrific bombs on hundreds of thousands of civilians is inexcusable. We as a country must express and admit more collective guilt than we currently do.

When you mention that you're going to Hiroshima or google the weather forecast there, the first thing that appears is the bombing. But Hiroshima is a vibrant city filled with huge shopping malls and their beloved baseball team, the Hiroshima Carp.

We ate burgers at Lotteria before going to the museum and Candace had noodles afterward. I had a chicken curry type thing. Then it started to rain and we headed back to the hotel to watch the Carp game.

Maru made a diving catch and the nats used some good pitching to get out of a scary bases loaded situation. But the network cut away with the score tied at 3. I later learned that the Tokyo Giants won in the 12th.

We also watched a Japanese magic game show and some weird celebrity panel ranking skit show.

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