When you see this sort of sky line...
This week I spent having meetings in Hiroshima. All the prefectural JETs, mainly all of us living in Hiroshima Prefecture, were required to attend these mandatory business meetings. After all, we are getting paid for it. Luckily there was just a little bit of free time and so I was able to take these photos with my cell phone. Yes, you heard me right. All of these photos were taken using my cell phone!
I think the entire world knows that Hiroshima is one of the places which the American U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on. Of the entire city there was only one building left standing. Everything, and I mean EVERTYTHING, else was demolished and instantly vaporized or turned into ash. This last building is the site of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. A memory of the horrible nature of war, and why PEACE is so important. It's a stark and grim reminder of why we must STOP fighting and start moving toward peace.
When I met the bomb... and that's the prayer.
"When I Met the Bomb" is a famous prayer that is said in memory of the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. I won't go into gory details, but after coming out of the museum not a single person had a dry eye. Too many regrets and sad scenes reminded everyone of the sadness and embarassment which comes with war and killing.
1 Million Cranes for World Peace!
In the Japanese culture the Crane (bird) is known as a good luck omen. The bird in synonymous with 'peace' and 'beauty' and so One Thousand oragami Cranes folded out of paper will grant a person one wish. There are several million of these birds surounding the Atomic Bomb and Peace Memorials in both Nagasakin and Hiroshima. A longing for a better world and a great sorrow filled beauty comes with these little paper birds. They are a powerful message and a positive dream worth having.
While I was between meetings, and also in the afternoon, I managed to find some interesting city landmarks and take some fun pictures too!
I clones meself again, and again, and again...!
I even got a nice picture of my friend Ayed and his girlfriend Sayuri. Ayed's parents are strict Muslim, and at first they didn't approve of him seeing a Japanese woman, but after Sayuri went to visit Ayed's family they all fell in love with her polite and tender personality. Ayed is a very lucky man to find such a lovely lady like Sayuri! I wish them both the best of luck and a bright future.
My friend Ayed Hasian and his girlfriend Sayuri.
Well that's it's for round one. I'll be taking more photos with my mobile phone soon, so stick around for more! Comming soon to a blog near you!