a The Transit Lounge: Hiroshima

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Tuesday, January 26

Hiroshima

Fragments of Hiroshima:




The Peace Park and the museum are very touching. The message about the A-bomb, its atrocities, after effects and consequences is very clear.

Yet I find what happens in this part of Japan, the local way of thinking and looking at the world, is so contradictory to the attitudes of Japanese people and prefectural governments in the rest of the country that it is very hard to take. Unfortunately, the objective view of the world, the wars that have gone on and Japan's part and place in it all is only seen in Hiroshima. Outside of this small city, most Japanese do not even know their own part in this war, let alone any other.

Does the Yasukuni Shrine mean anything to anyone?

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