At the top of that mountain in the background is the Hiroshima Peace Pagoda, a Buddhist dedication to those who perished in the Atomic Bomb blast:
About my croissant:
I've become a peace advocate. While I've always thought wars were idiotic, it seems that the nature of nature (even plants emit poisons to kill competitors growing around them) is such that survival carries the highest priority, leading to wars since our origins. Will there come a time when there can be universal world peace? I suspect so, but that could well be a century or millennium in the future.
So off I boarded the Hiroshima Sightseeing Loop Bus, with that pink building being the Sheraton. Interesting that the bus driver took a photo of my Japan Rail Pass everytime I used it.
I then had to catch the Shinkansen back to Tokyo. I had my best bento yet:
What is the fastest you've ever driven a car? The bullet train travels at a speed between 150 - 200 MPH. As I'm whizzing by, here are a few shots I took of rice fields, tea farms and even PV facilities, which seem more and more to now appear:
On the subway, 75% are in some way using their smart phone. On the Shinkansen, people mostly sleep:
After arriving at Tokyo Station, I next transferred to the Marunouchi Line to take me to the Prince Gallery, which first opened this summer. I had a Kir Royale at their Club Lounge:
You can't see them too well, but Tokyo Tree and the Ritz Carlton are close by:
I'll be staying at the RC Tokyo tomorrow night, and have signed up for their special Four Hands supper. As the variety of dishes at the Club Lounge was not quite suitable for dinner, I went down to the second floor, where there is a mini-mall with a boutiquish market of high end foodstuffs. Surprisingly enough, though, the prices are cheaper than Honolulu. I fashioned an international assortment for my room meal: Mexican beer, French blue cheese and black truffles potato chips, Italian mozzarella/lettuce/tomato salad, and American beef subway. The desserts came from the Prince Gallery.