THE mere mention of Hiroshima more oft than not haunts and mentally sends listeners back to August 6, 1945. It was the day the big A jolted the world and viciously taught leaders how war should and should not be played. Seventy-four years later, Hiroshima has fully metamorphosed into a breath-taking tourists’ treat.
Gone are the wounds caused by the atomic bomb which obliterated more than a half a million lives as well as the deeply scarred tissues and issues of its survivors, their descendants and their battle criers.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) recently conducted a familiarization tour of Chugoku Region in Japan for selected media representatives from the Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia from Jan. 25 to 31 to help disseminate knowledge and raise awareness on historic Hiroshima as well as three other prefectures namely Tottori, Shimane and Yamaguchi.
The trip enabled the participants to witness Hiroshima graceful healing and transformation. Located in southwestern part of Japan. This most city is simply rich in seas, mountains, rivers and valleys.
The Itsukushima Shrine and A-Bomb Dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial are World Heritage sites.
During high tide, the shrine and Tori Gate appear to float on the water. When the sea retreats at low tide, the stilts appear enabling visitors to walk across the sand, get up close and take pictures of the majestic gate.
Floating stage in the shrine that is constructed for Japanese Noh plays. A top tourist drawer is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which used to be Hiroshimas’s commercial district. It is filled with memorials in honor of those who died in the atomic bombing on.
The A-Bomb Dome was located almost underneath the explosion but the building still stands today.