days 3 and 4
04.04.2008 - 05.04.2008
not much to do in hiroshima once you have walked around the park, but i decided to go and visit the castle, which of course wasnt the original castle because that went with the bomb, but they had reconstructed it and made it a fairly nice museum inside. most of the rest of the grounds had been left though as they were after the bomb.
From here i decided that i wanted to get a subwya and then go and eat it in a park or some gardens. i went along to some gardens but didnt want to have to pay to go in. ive seen way too many gardens ad dint feel like seeing them really. so then i made my way across to the park where the contemporary art museum is. they park was on a hill so it took some walkng around but i eventually found a plesent spot to eat.
as well sa being home to the art museum it also hosts a manga library, which i decided to take a look in. i got some strange looks as i wandered around looking at the many shelves of manga, but i was more interested in how busy it was. lots of people, male and female and all ages were sitting in there reading. apparently there is manga for everyone. including the gaijin so i found some english manga, after accidently picking up some french!! i know i need to learn french but i didnt want to do it then.
aftr that i just went back to the hostel
the next day i had done everything that i wanted to do in hiroshima so i decided that i would take it easy after having rushed around for 2 weeks. i also had some things to send back home so i walked to the nearby post office but because it was a saturday it was closed. so then i ended up going to the main post office and sending it from there. because i had bought one of the japanese paper umbrellas the parcel was an odd shape and the tape i used to wrap it was coming off in lots of places, but i left it in the hards of the postal worker who hopefully made it so that it might reach england in one peace.
from here i decided to go and get take away okonomiyaki to take and eat in the park. this one i got with cheese and corn. i sat in the park for about 3 hours, eating reading and sleeping.
then i return to the hostel and got them to print off some documents that i needed printing for the rest of my trip. and for 200yen they also burnt my 2000plus photos onto a dvd for me to send home just in case something happens to my memory cards.
i sat ariund the hostel until about 630 when i went to the train station to catch my ngiht bus. this time there were no people in red aprons to help me find my bus, luckily i went up to a driver and asked and it happened to be my bus. i had upgraded for this bus which meant that i had a seat that went almost horizontal and with a blanket and shade to pull down over your eyes. i had a very good sleep.