Tuesday, May 31, 2005
After an excruciatingly long trip on Cathay Pacific airlines (their seats are obviously made for Asian sized people not fat Americans) we made it to London. We thought that Japan would be the most expensive place we would encounter on our trip. We were wrong, the pound is so strong right now (about double the Amercian dollar) that we went way over budget during this leg of the trip. We stayed in England for quite a while though because Joy wanted to see a ceramic show that was to feature one of the artists that inspire her, Kate Malone. Anyway, here I am in front of Buckingham Palace.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Though it was said that nothing would grow in Hiroshima for seventy-five years after the blast, you can see by this garden that the Japanese land as well as the people are resilliant. It's hard to imagine the effort that goes into producing such beauty. In some cultures it seems as if man and nature are struggling against one another. Japanese gardens make me appreciate what can be when man and nature work together.
These multicolored ribbons are actually innumerable paper cranes strung together. There is a myth in Japan that if you fold a thousand paper cranes your wish will come true. One of the many children that developed cancer from the radiation of the blast believed the story and folded countless cranes before she died of leukemia. In rememberance of her and the other children victims there are hundreds of thousands of paper cranes placed upon the monuments.
After China we stayed with Kevin in Korea for a couple more nights before heading to Japan. The first major city we went to in Japan was Hiroshima. It was quite a "tear jerker" as they say in Texas. The whole city is like a massive monument. They don't want the world to forget the power of Atomic weapons or the victims of them. The city is officially dedicated to World Peace.