Day 5: Hiroshima’s History

Our first bullet train of the trip brought us to warm, sunny Hiroshima today! It was a different day of sorts, with an emphasis on historical perspective. After dropping our bags at the hotel we immediately set out towards the Hondori Shopping Arcade for lunch. We stopped along the way at a fresh market for some produce. Outside the Peace Memorial Park, Mr. Barrett gave some historical context on Japan’s participation in World War II and on the U.S. decision to use the atomic bomb. Ms. Marshall, with the help of a few veteran origami students, taught everyone how to fold their own paper cranes. We were particularly fortunate today to have the opportunity to hear from an in-utero survivor of the 1945 bombing. His personal story really resonated with everyone. Handsworth students all took the chance to leave their paper cranes at the Children’s Memorial by the statue of Sadako before making their way over to the Peace Memorial Museum. The exhibits inside were memorable, and after finishing with the audio tour we all took time outside afterwards to reflect on some of the things we had seen and heard. Evening was spent back by the train station enjoying the most popular local food – okonomiyaki! Tonight students are once again journaling, albeit a little earlier than usual… we are out of the hotel by 6am tomorrow again for another full day!

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