• Aioi Bridge

    On a day when the sun blazes down like the middle of summer rather than the middle of the rainy season, a man in jacket and hat crosses the main span of Aioi Bridge.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Enkobashi

    Not far from Hiroshima Station is Enkobashi, one of the bridges (presumably, the original bridge, given the name) across the Enkogawa River. In fact, the area in front of the station is known as Enkobashi-cho, one of the historical areas of the city centered around the bridge.

    The name ‘enko’ has fascinated me ever since I first came to Hiroshima, nearly 25 years ago now, partly because looking at the two kanji (Japanese characters) used to write the name, one of them is the character for ‘monkey’. But, for one reason or another, I’d never got around to actually checking what the name as a whole meant. Not until I took the photo in this post, that is.

    When I did finally get around to looking things up, I found that an ‘enko’ is a ‘kappa’ (a traditional Japanese creature of legend) said to be common in the Hiroshima area. So Enko-gawa is the river with the kappas, and Enkobashi is the bridge across the river. Simple.

    Actually, the bridge is one of those surviving after the atomic bombing. The original decorations along the bridge (monkey-like creatures- presumably the kappas- in a pose reminiscent of some sort of physical exercise) were removed during the Second World War, but the bridge was restored in 2016.

    Anyway, near the bridge (and near the railway station), at the side of the river, is a notice board. And along the top part of this notice board are these decorations, a silhouette of the actual bridge, complete with people crossing it. I’d wager that less than one per-cent of people who pass the spot notice the decorations; yet there they are, in all their delightful detail.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Stripes

    Blue, green and turquoise stripes on a bridge across the Enkogawa River, just after the river splits from the Kyobashi River.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Coffee Shop

    At a coffee shop in the centre of Hiroshima.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Bench

    A bench in the Peace Memorial Park, casting a shadow as the sun begins to set.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Pond of Peace

    Manicured trees reflected in the waters of the Pond of Peace, in the Peace Memorial Park.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Otagawa River

    The bridges near the mouth of the Otagawa River, seen from Shin-Koi Bridge. Miyajima can be seen in the background.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Shin-Koi Bridge

    The distinctive railings of Shin-Koi Bridge, over the Otagawa River.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Fukushima-cho

    A tram at Fukushima-cho Tram Stop, at sunset.

    June 26th, 2022.

  • Kyoto History, Hiroshima History

    A tram with a headboard commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau. The tram in question was transferred to Hiroshima when the trams in Kyoto were abolished; hence the link.

    June 26th, 2022.