I spent Golden Week 2018 doing some travelling within Japan. At long last, I have finally visited Hiroshima. I also visited the famous Miyajima Island and spent some time with Pikachu and friends at the Pokemon Center in Hiroshima as a tried to snatch a rare Japan-only item for a friend in Jamaica.
Hiroshima (広島) is a city in Japan with an unfortunate history. It was largely destroyed in 1945 at the end of World War II when America dropped an Atomic bomb on the city killing tens of thousands of people instantly and more in the coming days, months and years. As a teenager, I read about WWII and it’s different players. I found it surprising that a country devastated by War recovered so well to become the 2nd largest economy in the world at the time. It many ways WWII and Hiroshima ignited my interest in Japan and I have wanted to visit ever since. I am glad I finally did and visited the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Park and the exact epicentre of the bomb. It was a life-changing experience.
Miyajima (宮島) is an island close to Hiroshima. I got there via a boat ride from the city centre but returned using the JR ferry and train. The main attraction is a giant torii gate, which at high tide seems to float on the water. The accompanying shrine and a few other attractions such as a museum and aquarium make this a great day trip. I spent half a day but could have easily spent a few hours more exploring.
Pokemon Center Hiroshima
I am an old school pokemon player. Pokemon burst onto the scene when I was a kid. The original pokemon games up to maybe Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Gold were handheld games I pumped hundreds of hours into and had tonnes of fun with my friends and classmates – battling and trading. I haven’t been able to keep up with the now hundreds of pocket monsters but the original 151 are still dear to me.