|Kanto Pilgrimage: (H)Iroshima, mon amour
||[Jan. 24th, 2009|11:10 pm]
Recently, I got this job that was meant to last for 3 months but which I ended up quitting after one week. It mostly comprised of going to the snowy mountains near Hiroshima, living surrounded by snow and pine trees in complete isolation from the outside world while looking for humans that were infected by a never seen alien mutating shape-shifting species. But that was just my imagination. I quit before I ended up running with an axe after completely normal human beings and ended up too tired of doing heavy workouts in the snow. (There's your next summer blockbuster plot summary: a cross between The Thing, The Shining, Rocky IV and Total Recall).|
Here's my failed attempt at snowboarding.
My only friends there were foxes and wild boars. We had a few beers together.
I visited Hiroshima as well. No insult but there's not much to see apart from the obvious A-bomb destroyed sites and related memorials.
The only remaining building from the bombing
How to dismantle Bono with an Atomic Bomb
No matter what Momus wants you to believe in, Japanese people love America more than they even love themselves so here are the stars and stripes standing proudly a few meters away from where the bomb was originally dropped. No joke.
I also tried some local cuisine: Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki. If you had Yakisoba, it's the same thing but with the noodles on top of the vegetables. I'll stick with Osaka style Okonomiyaki from now on.
According to our sorely missed friend Sparklig Beatnic, they were burning last year's protective amulets here at Gokoku Shrine.
It was very warm though so hung out there for while. Here are a few vids of the bonfire:
Also, Hiroshima Castle wasn't that interesting but the ducks in the moat were amusing.
I tried to go to the Contemporary Art Museum but it was closed but apparently it's not very interesting anyway. Then I came back to Tokyo by bus, 12 hour trip, very much looking forward to have a break from snow and alien creatures who don't pay you a proper wage.