Attending the Hiroshima Peace Ceremony
Any American can vouch for the fact that crowds can sometimes turn hostile, protests can occur, driving in and around a major event is chaos brought to life, and for someone traveling solo with a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old, having an easy out that still provided a view of the ceremony was non-negotiable.
I booked a deluxe corner twin room with a river view room at Hotel Sunroute. Our room was beautiful, and the view — which was breathtaking upon arrival in the daylight — proved to be the most incredible vantage point of the lantern ceremony after nightfall.
Taking in the Sights
Now after 6 p.m., it wasn’t easy to find a spot with a good view along the river — there was an abundance of people, obviously, but also cameras and tripods. We eventually found a spot just big enough for the three of us to squeeze in. By positioning ourselves on the side opposite the A-Bomb Dome, we were able to see it in full view while the lanterns passed at our feet.
Photo Credits: Kristi Stolzenberg