In less than two hours and at speeds up to 285-km/h, Gordon Price travelled from Kyoto to Hiroshima on Thursday, via Japan’s Shinkansen “bullet train” line.

The destination was the Hiroshima Peace Memorial; the main draw here is the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, now commonly called the Genbaku Dome, or Atomic Bomb Dome.

The building was the only structure left standing near the hypocentre of ‘Little Boy’, the first atomic bomb ever used in war, which dropped on August 6th, 1945. It delivered near-instant death to 70,000, with another 70,000 to later die as a result of radiation poisoning. Injuries and related horrors took many more, to say nothing of the tens of thousands to perish three days later in Nagasaki. Today, Genbaku Dome is a UNESCO Heritage site.

From the train, Gordon took many photographs of the urban world that has cropped up along the rail line (including the photograph above of sunset over Kyoto), with his usual engaging commentary.

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Density comes to the Osaka suburbs.

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The gravestones remained standing.

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  1. Bravo Price Tags Team!

    I felt like I was right back in Japan with Gordon Price as he visited all the same places my family and I did three years ago. Every aspect of Japan is amazing, your daily routine will never be the same once you have been to Japan and witnessed it all in person.
    As a visitor to Japan it is very evident from the outset that common courtesy is the norm and expected from everyone. Fashion, culture and everyday life are celebrated everywhere 24/7.

    Thank you

    1. Thank you for reading, and for the generous comment! Gordon will have more to share from his trip in the coming weeks.

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