In the spring of 2012, I visited Japan for the second time. I stayed for two weeks and had the chance to visit more cities than the first time I went there, in 2010. Among the cities to visit, was Hiroshima. I was truly impressed by how the city looked - it's quite beautiful, with amazing gardens not to miss, especially in spring! I had heard the photos in the Hiroshima Museum were quite hard to digest, so to speak, so I didn't go with the others to visit, taking time instead to see more of the city and eat Okonomiyaki for dinner. One of my favorite Japanese dishes is Okonomiyaki, and the Hiroshima and Osaka ones are quite famous in Japan and I was lucky enough to get try both types - amazing dish, so don't miss it if you're in the area.
This building is the only one that remained 'standing' after the bombing and disaster that was the war and it's quite something to see, especially at sunset, when we got there. It just leaves you thinking... After a while, when I got home, I read 'Hiroshima, mon amour' by Marguerite Duras and it was really hard reading the first pages that actually pull you in the atmosphere of that time. I haven't seen the movie and don't know if I ever will. Also, a story about what happened then, from a photographer's point of view can be found in Philippe Forest's book 'Sarinagara', in Yosuke Yamahata's story, which is another book not to miss.
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