Around thirty years ago, as a young teenager, I watched a TV show called “Shogun” with Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune, and Yoko Shimada in the main roles, but if memory serves me correctly it was filled with Japanese actors, and as a result felt immensely real and visceral to someone who had no idea about the country’s history and society. To cut to the chase, ever since that time I have been longing to go to Japan myself and finally after all that time I am sitting in Kyoto as I write this.
I promise I’ll write about my time here at some point, probably when I’ve left and let things digest, but I feel compelled at this point to share some pictures I took of the memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’ve decided to not share any graphic pictures or details, but I would urge anyone who reads this to do a little research into the history of those two nuclear strikes, and the consequences they had on the civilian population. I fear the world has perhaps forgotten over time, and attitudes to these weapons are drifting towards acceptance.