Mayumi collected me from my hotel reception area and we embarked on our Central Hiroshima and Okonomiyaki (Local Food) Tour. The Peace Park and Museum was a moving experience with the stories of the survivors being as harrowing as those poor people who died on the day or shortly after. Mayumi's father was also badly affected by the bombing and Mayumi told me about his involvement with the recovery and clean up mission of the city. The walk around the park and seeing the atomic bomb dome complimented what I had seen in the museum. Finally, we enjoyed some of the local speciality, Okonomiyaki. It was delicious! Thank you Mayumi for a wonderful afternoon.
Dear Clive, I appreciate your excellent review. I am very grateful to know you enjoyed the afternoon tour with me and you also had fun at the Hiroshima castle with full of Chrysanthemums and the Miyajima island on the following day. Yes, although most people in Japan or in the world are likely to point to cherry blossoms as a symbolic flower of Japan, actually the diplomatically official Japanese flower can be the 16-petal chrysanthemum used for the imperial seal or their family crest, which may be seen on the cover of Japanese passports or on the top of the tori gate of the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo and so on. Please come back to Japan to explore it more, next time with your family. Sorry, the rugby world cup is not going to be held here anymore for a while, though....Lol. Best, Mayumi.