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A city still haunted by its past
Member Name: shuttlex
Advantages: Culturally and historically interesting
Disadvantages: Culturally and historically depressing
A few months ago I went traveling around Japan. My final stop before returning to Tokyo was Hiroshima. Traveling outside Tokyo was a big culture shock. Everyone in Japan tends to move to the big cities such as Tokyo or Osaka to find work leaving the rural areas and small cities empty with nothing but farmers and retired people.
Upon arriving in Hiroshima, my first impression was rather neutral. There's just nothing significantly interesting especially when compared to Tokyo. The town is relatively small, the city center is only 2 kilometers from the main train station. The city center was completely destroyed by the a-bomb so everything has been rebuilt. There's a tram to get you around the city center, however since it's so small one would be better off walking. There's also the genbaku dome and museum which is an interesting place to visit.
Overall this town seems to be very haunted by it's past despite having occurred over 60 years ago. No one wants to seem to live here and there are constant reminders that this city suffered from an atomic bomb.
Culturally and historically one should definitely visit Hiroshima however I don't recommend staying there for more than a few nights.
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