Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle (広島城 ) was built in the 1590s, but was destroyed by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945.

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It was rebuilt in 1958 and now serves as a museum of Hiroshima’s history before World War II.

Mōri Terumoto, one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s council of Five Elders, built the castle between 1589 and 1599.

It was located on the delta of the Otagawa river. There was no Hiroshima city at the time, instead the area was called Gokamura, meaning “five villages”

From 1591, Mōri governed nine provinces from this castle, including much of what is now Shimane, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures.

Of course, we’re making a bee line for the costumes! Visitors can dress up as a wartime samurai, complete with a samurai helmet. Samurai Gibbs reporting for action!

I get in on the dressing up action as a Japanese princess and this lovely lady helped me make sure I was kitted up correctly.

Here we make the perfect Japanese Royal couple! Although it did take a lot of trussing up to get us there!

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Within the castle walls, three trees survived the atomic bombing: a eucalyptus and a willow at approximately 740m from the hypocenter, and a holly approximately 910m from the hypocenter.

The man manages to magically locate bicycles using his wheely third senses!

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