To Hiroshima – Day 7 Recap
Some of us were able to take a final hot spring bath before taking off towards Hiroshima. I can’t get enough of the kind gesture of bowing when we depart our hotels. This morning the hotel manager walked us out to bow and wave as we drove off. I think I’ll bring this practice home and bow every time anyone drives off…
Before lunch, we drove to Omishima to visit the Toyo Ito Museum. The museum consisted of two structures, the Silver Hut and the Steel Hut. The information was mostly in Japanese, but a lot of the focus here was to rethink how to keep tradition in Japanese communities through architecture and in the way communities are built. There seemed to also be a large focus on sustainability and dealing with natural elements / disasters. The location of the museum was stunning too. I saw several Go Learners sitting on chairs and the grass taking in the views. I felt like I could sit here all day.
We then made a quick stop by the Ken Iwata Mother and Child sculpture garden where we were inspired to contribute our own poses.
Lunch was on our own today at an upscale rest stop. I say upscale because it included a nice restaurant, wifi, a farmer’s market with local produce and a small store full of delicious things. Many bicyclists ride the bridge near here and often take advantage of this stop for its food and convenience. Most of us went for the seafood ramen, which this rest stop is known for – and the mikan (mandarin orange) ice cream.
Once in Hiroshima we checked into a familiar brand of hotel, the Tokyu Hotel. This chain is convenient and has become a regular resting place for us. Dinner tonight was pretty epic. Imagine this: savory crepe, spaghetti, bacon, vegetables, and an egg all thrown into a pizza-sandwich-pancake-like construction topped with spices and delicious flavor. Yeah, that was our dinner tonight. And it was great! This is the sort of thing that would take off with college students, no doubt.
Our group did have 5 people who were not able to eat gluten, we called them the “GF-Club.” Kuma has been doing an incredible job working with restaurants and finding options that work well. We wish that this pancake could have been gluten free, but they did end up saving thousands of calories by not eating with us and it sounds like they had a nice dinner as well.
The woman who owned the establishment where we dined has perfected her recipe over the past 20 or so years. She was dynamite. Bright red lipstick and a lot of personality! Some local Hiroshima girls sitting at our table engaged us in conversation, and we all ended up taking some great photos with them.
A final stop at Don Quixote, a Japanese dollar store with 5 floors of everything you can imagine, ended our night. Tomorrow we will see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.