Monday, 17 August 2015
Thursday, 6 August 2015
I make no apology for reposting a post from April when we visited Hiroshima. Today we remember the bomb which devastated Hiroshima seventy years ago, but for the victims, survivors and their families they re-live this day, every day. Sadly, in wars attrocities are committed by all sides and certainly millions of people suffered extreme cruelty at the hands of the Japanese army. However, this was a most terrible price for the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to pay, and I can’t help but wonder whether things could have been done differently to achieve the surrender of Japan, which was being negotiated.
Our day started with a trip into the city, mostly rebuilt after 1945, where the Sakura (cherry blossom) was beginning to come into full bloom.
We began with the castle, which was devastated in the nuclear bombing. One tower was rebuilt in the 1950’s.
Words cannot adequately describe the feeling of visiting the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Park and Museum, so I’ll let a few of our photographs speak for us. The testimony of the survivors was very moving.
The dome is in the process of being surveyed…
Part of a beautiful cylindrical mosaic inside the memorial. Each tile of the mosaic represents a person who died in the aftermath of the bombing.
A young girl who developed leukaemia following the bombing believed the story that if you were to fold a thousand paper cranes your wish would come true. As she struggled with her illness she folded over fifteen hundred. Sadly her wish didn’t come true and they were given out at her funeral. They have now become a symbol of peace and every person entering the Memorial is given a tiny paper crane.
It didn’t seem right to take any photographs inside the museum. The reconstuctions reminded me of Oradour sur Glane.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
It was the Paulmy brocante today, in beautiful surroundings around the plan d’eau.
We managed to pick up some glasses (25!) for Rhiannon’s wedding…
Another set of portes couverts…
and these hideous dishes…
Now this is where I was done! Not done in the sense of sealing the deal, but DONE. Usually I get the deal I am happy with for the object I really would like to have or I walk away. Today none of these things happened! I paid an over the odds 10 Euros for dishes I don’t even like very much, half of which are chipped and touched up with gold paint. DONE!!!
If you subscribe to the ‘some you win, some you lose’ idea then last weeks enormous brocante at Le Celle Guenand was a triumph.
I picked up this fine Kaiser china tea set for 20 Euros – which only serves to underline today’s mistake.
Oh well, c’est la vie…
P.S. Would anyone like to buy some gorgeous, much sought after, rare dishes for the bargain price of 12 Euros???
Friday, 24 July 2015
* Japan Days
State of the art conveniences…
We were amazed at the standard of toilets throughout Japan. There seemed to be nothing that these toilets aren’t able to do -
- some play music,
- some have heated seats,
- some double as a bidet,
- some blow warm air,
- some make a variety of sounds to mask bodily noises,
- some have fragrances to mask bodily smells,
- some have seats which provide a massage,
- some have disinfectant soaked tissues to wipe seats,
- some have paper covers for seats,
- some have fragranced toilet paper,
- some cubicles have seats to hold infants
- and most have all of these functions!
- service areas are nicely decorated’',
- and ALL were scrupulously clean!
I’m not only talking about toilets in expensive places, but most toilets, even public conveniences.
I think the British and the French have a way to go…
** Sorry about the quality but they were taken quickly and that there isn’t a photograph of the whole toilet. They are on my hard drive in the UK!!**