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Tue, Jan. 9, 2018 Traces of History: Exploring Around Hiroshima
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Hiroshima is home to two World Heritage Sites, the Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima Island. Other buildings of architectural significance can be found in, and around, the city. Tokyo-based architect James Lambiasi explores the history of Hiroshima-and the nearby areas of Onomichi and Iwakuni-through iconic architectural sites, as well as simple, old dwellings.

Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine was built in 593 on the shoreline of Itsukushima (Miyajima Island) located in the Seto Inland Sea. It was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1996.
Itsukushima Shrine
1-1, Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 829-44-2020
Kintaikyo Bridge
Kintaikyo Bridge
The Kintaikyo Bridge is a magnificent, five-arched wooden structure that spans the Nishikigawa River in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Kintaikyo Bridge Department, Iwakuni City
1-14-51, Imazu-machi, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 827-29-5107
Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
This Catholic Church was built with donations collected from people around the world to pray for the victims of the atomic bomb. To tour the church you must reserve in advance.
Memorial Cathedral for World Peace
4-42, Nobori-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-221-0621
ONOMICHI U2
ONOMICHI U2
This commercial complex, with restaurants and shops, includes a boutique hotel for cyclists.
ONOMICHI U2
5-11, Nishigosho-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 848-21-0550
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki
Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki
Okonomiyaki (literally "grilled as you like") is a savory pancake, made with flour, eggs cabbage, sliced pork and grilled on an iron griddle. In Hiroshima, okonomiyaki layers the vegetables and protein on top of the batter with noodles being added last. This humble dish is hugely popular in Japan.
10-6, Yagenbori, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-248-1776 *Japanese only
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
This commercial building is close to the Atomic Bomb Dome. You can view the city from its observatory.
Hiroshima Orizuru Tower
1-2-1, Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 82-569-6803
Gangi Taxi
Gangi Taxi
This boat taxi service operates on the rivers of Hiroshima City. You can view the city from the water and take in the gangi-stepped-piers formerly used load and unload people, as well as cargo.
Gangi Taxi
Tel: +81-(0) 82-230-5537 *Japanese only
Onomichi Guest House Miharashi-tei
Onomichi Guest House Miharashi-tei
Miharashi-tei-a former villa located on a hilltop in Onomichi-is now run as a guesthouse.
Onomichi Guest House Miharashi-tei
15-7, Higashi Tsuchido-cho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0) 848-23-3864
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From Tokyo to Hiroshima by air, it takes 90 minutes from Haneda to Hiroshima Airport or about four hours on the Shinkansen bullet train to Hiroshima Station.
Travel Log

Traveler: James Lambiasi > More Info

Nationality:American

Occupation:Architect

Length of residence in Japan:24 years

Reason:It is a great privilege to work as an architect in Japan, as I have been able to learn from the highly sophisticated design sense here, as well discover the deep appreciation for craft that goes into construction.

Working as an architect, travel has always been an essential way for me to explore new design. Every journey is an exploration of new ideas, which can be found in historic and new structures alike. Equally inspiring as the amazing buildings, it is the people who build and maintain them, making each visit truly memorable. My travels took me to Hiroshima, Iwakuni, and Onomichi, where I encountered a broad range of buildings representing the diligent craftsmanship and the ingenuity of Japanese architecture.

My visit to Iwakuni allowed me to experience firsthand the beautifully arching Kintaikyo Bridge. Not only elegant in form, but one truly respects the technological achievements of the past when observing this complex feat of engineering. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial demonstrates the solemn and important respect for tragedy in the past, while from the viewing deck of the new structure next to it, vision to a bright future is palpable. The town of Onomichi holds countless discoveries, where devoted local citizens and businesses show great ingenuity in giving new life to historic buildings that are re-energizing the community.

These are just some highlights of this journey in a very special part of Japan. Please join me as we discover this and so much more in and around Hiroshima!

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