Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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Hiroshima is now a vibrant and attractive city, but history shouldn't be forgotten!

In 1945, Hiroshima became the worlds first atomic bomb target. It was a tragic day in the history and the consequences of the bomb attack were terrible. The whole world remembers the images of the giant mushroom cloud floating over Hiroshima. About 78.000 people were killed immediately, and a lot of people died later from injuries and illnesses caused by the nuclear explosion. For the exact amounts and more background information, the Wikipedia page is very useful.

65 years later, Hiroshima isn’t a depressing city. Its citizens seem to have recovered from this terrible history and today, Hiroshima is a vibrant, busy and attractive place. It’s very easy to walk around here and forget about the terrible past. But of course, history shouldn’t be forgotten, especially not horrible facts like these. That’s why everyone should visit the Peace Memorial Park. There’s also a Museum in the park for those who want some more background and information.

In the park, you can also see the Children Peace Monument. Sadako Sasaki developed leukemia at the age of 11, as a result of the bombing 10 years earlier. She decided to fold paper cranes. This is the Japanese symbol of longevity and happiness and a custom that is believed to make wishes come true. The young girl believed that she would recover by folding these cranes. Unfortunately, she died, but these cranes are now a touching monument. Across the river from the Peace Memorial Park, you can see the A-Bomb Dome. It used to be the Industrial Promotion Hall until the bomb exploded almost directly above it. Now it’s an eternal reminder of the tragedy and is was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1996.

This visit might not make you very happy and hopeful, but it’ll make you think about history and the idiocy of war. For me it was a very interesting experience and it really touched me.

written by tessaj on 2010-06-08 in #world #locations #peace #japan #war #memorial #hiroshima #nuclear-bomb

7 Comments

  1. mr_sid
    mr_sid ·

    I was there too, a very impressive and also disturbing place! By the way, nice photos! :-D

  2. kylewis
    kylewis ·

    Interesting and thoughtful Location. The images look good! need a bit of sorting out though!

  3. satomi
    satomi ·

    *cry* :((

  4. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Never this again !

  5. bongofury
    bongofury ·

    Sad. Makes you think. Nice photos

  6. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    A terrible history (shared with Nagasaki as well...) Mankind should never forget this...

  7. jourdanlynch
    jourdanlynch ·

    Mankind should never forget WHO did this. :P

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