Rachel Tan - “Traveling to Hiroshima: Summer Fireworks, A-Dome and Miyajima Island”


Rachel Tan

Rachel is a PhD candidate at the Higher Education Development Centre, University of Otago. She likes to meet people and is a big fan of nature and photography.

I had the opportunity to do some touristic activities in Hiroshima after attending the Interdisciplinary Conference for Social Sciences as an Emerging Scholar in July. It was summer and the heat could be as high as 38 Celsius!

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The good part for me was the humidity would benefit my dry skin. Weather aside, I had the opportunity to wear a yukata, a Japanese traditional summer kimono! Though the wearing process might take about 10 minutes, the material was surely comfortable.

Another highlight for this summer trip was the extravagant fireworks throughout the country. I was lucky that, coincidently, one of the ports in Hiroshima, Kure, was having the event after my conference! Although I didn’t count if 5000 fireworks were shot, according to the tourist website, the explosion above water was certainly beautiful.

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The hour long display coloured the sky and wowed the huge crowds of spectators, who were mainly locals. I spotted some couples and a mother and a daughter wearing yukata to the event. I thought they were adorable. With throngs of people on the roadside, I enjoyed the sparkling night sky.

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