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The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima is the only structure that survived the bombing on August 6, 1945. An untold grief fills my soul.

Here I lounge in the shadow of the Shogun in the 17th century Kenroku-en Gardens in Kanazawa.

Built in 1597, the Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's national Treasures. The castle is also known as Karasu-jo, the Crow Castle.

In the town of Ogimachi in the Shokawa Valley region, I rest in a serene garden and absorb the lush colors surrounding me. Behind me is a unique thatched roof house known as a gassho-zukuri. Gassho means "praying hands", suggesting the form of hands raised in prayer to the Buddha.