War is Over, If You Want It!

People walking towards the peace memorial in central Hiroshima 27th May 2016, during the visit of  American President Barack Obama.

On 25 July 1945, General Carl Spaatz, commander of the United States Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific, received orders to deliver a “special bomb” attack on selected cities in Japan.The first target city chosen was Hiroshima, which had an important port on southern Honshu and was headquarters of the Japanese Second General Army with 40,000 military personnel in the city. The bomb was assembled in secrecy and loaded on the Enola Gay. It consisted of a uranium isotope 235 core shielded by hundreds of kilograms of lead. Little Boy possessed a force equivalent to 12,500 tons of TNT. The plane dropped the bomb over the city at 8:15:17 a.m. local time on 6 August 1945. Within 43 seconds of being dropped, the bomb detonated over the city.

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Shinkansen: Row 20 , Window  E

Japan is where regular, high-speed railways were born. The country’s Shinkansen (‘Bullet Train’) network has been developed over more than 35 years, and covers all main trunk routes. Three types of trains operate on the Shinkansen routes. Nozomi are the fastest and most modern trains – the dramatically-styled 500 Series. The type is distinguished by its 15 metre-long power car nose, giving an extremely aerodynamic profile. The driver’s cab has a dome canopy, to allow excellent forward vision.

The 500 Series also boasts an innovative pantograph design, shaped like a wing, which also helps reduce wind resistance at high speed. Drivers’ instruments are all laid out in groups according to their function. Extensive soundproofing means there is little sensation of speed inside trains, and wind noise is at a minimum.

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Reading on the Ginza Line, Tokyo

From my brief reading of travel literature, everyone who has visited Japan comments on the calm and serenity that they experience, the all encompassing sense of order and civility. This is a country were inner tranquillity, or at least its outward appearance, is effortlessly maintained.

I hope to post a few photographs over the next week or so that attempt to capture something of the spirit of the people and the place.

Fuji X100S   f2, 1/50th, ISO 2500, Fuji Mono Red Setting

 

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