Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima’s most famous food Okonomi-Yaki fried shells filled with cabbage, bean sprouts, pork, egg, noodles, brown sauce and green onions is one of Paige’s favorite meals to date.


One of the statues in Hiroshima’s Peace Park.


The Children’s Memorial in Peace Park attracts many such offerings. Sodako, a 10 year old diagnosed with leukemia as a result of the A-Bomb, inspired the Children’s Memorial in Hiroshima.


Uniforms are common in Japan.


Daring to be different this group sat in Hiroshima’s Peace Park.


The A-bomb Dome in Hiroshima serves as a constant reminder of the atom bomb that destroyed the city. This was one of the few remaining structures standing after the attack.


A photograph showing the devastation of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.


Poem by Tamiki Hara , a survivor of the atomic bomb explosion on 6 August 1945 in Hiroshima.


A common game you see along the streets of Hiroshima involves catching bitties.



3 June 1999 - Hiroshima is known for okonomi-yaki so we headed out for this dinner, which turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve eaten on the trip. Okonomi-yaki is harder to say than make. On a grill, the cook drops batter and makes a small pancake. Then cabbage and bean sprouts follow and the creation continues to grill. After a couple of minutes, the cook adds pieces of pork (which looked like bacon) and tops this with another pancake. Then a fried egg is placed on top along with thick Japanese noodles, which look like fettuccini. A sweet sesame brown sauce is poured over the mound and many small green onions complete the masterpiece. In addition to pork, my okonomi-yaki had shrimp and Jim’s had squid and shrimp. The locals add heaps of mayonnaise to the top, but I passed on the white stuff. Jim and I both loved every morsel of this meal. Later in the trip I learned that people in Tokyo do not add noodles to their okonomi-yaki nor do they regard this as a meal, instead eating it as a snack.

3 June 1999 - Visiting Peace Park is an emotional jolt. The A-bomb Dome remains as a constant reminder of the 6 August 1945 bombing. The port city of Hiroshima anticipated it might be bomb target and tore down buildings to make firewalls, but they could not prepare for a nuclear attack. When the A-bomb hit, locals did not know exactly what had happened. Only when hospital x-rays showed radiation did doctors realize the explosion was nuclear.

The museum offers photos of dead bodies in the streets, mangled bodies, people who lost hair and skin, corroded watches, torn and melted clothes, video testimony of survivors and a lunch box with charred food remains. A wall is covered with thousands of letters sent by Hiroshima’s mayors to presidents and dictators testing or building nuclear weapons. Visiting the museum left me sick to my stomach.


  Children's museum in Hiroshima Peace Park
  Peace Park in Hiroshima (Paige)