Matsuyama to Hiroshima

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Today we got up reasonably early to visit Matsuyama castle. You get up the mountain by cable car or chair lift. One look at the chairlift and it was definitely the cable car. This castle has been destroyed several times but is not a replica. Many of its walls are original. The views from the top were spectacular in spite of it being a gloomy day. Matsuyama is not a massively popular tourist spot and they work a bit harder. We even got given a guide4 book. Coming of the cable cars there were loads of 6-8 years schoolchildren waiting to go up. As soon as the teacher spotted us it was Hellos all round.The road sign is for Japanese Racoon I think?

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After the castle we went to Hiroshima. We could have driven by going back some way and crossing a bridge but instead opted for the ferry from Matsuyama to Hiroshima via Kure. Kure is quite an industrial town, well known for shipbuilding with a Nippon Steel works right on the dockside. The inland sea that we crossed is dotted with hundreds of islands big and small. The very crossing was 3 hours, you only beat going by road by 15 minutes. I guess judging from the state of the ferry and the lack of passengers that the bridge is rapidly taking away their custom. The ferry crossing cost about £80.

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Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, is largely remembered because it was largely destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II. Today, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park commemorates the 1945 event. In the park are the ruins of Genbaku Dome, one of the few buildings that were left standing near ground zero.In todays term it was quite a small bomb but managed to kill in excess of 150,000 people within a 2km radius. Todays bomb are 1000 times more powerful. The museum is really good and really shows you what an atomic war would achieve.

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Hiroshima is also the home of the Japanese Oyster. They generally eat them cooked mainly because they are enormous. I had some cooked ones plus some blowfish.

Poison blowfish, also known as fugu, is a delicacy around the world. But if you happen to get a plate of fugu that's not cooked quite right, can you die eating blowfish? Yes. ... Fugu's skin, ovaries/gonads, and liver contain enough poison to kill 30 people. But I survived. The oysters seemed dodgier

Earlier today at the airport I had some fresh oysters, specially selected because of their small size and correspondingly more expensive. Instead of Tabasco sauce they use whisky!? I stuck with the lemon.

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