Monday, August 06, 2007

Japan 6: Hiroshima 2: World Peace

Hiroshima, the city devastated by the world's first atomic bomb on the 6th of August 1945, 昭和42年8月6日。

One of the few structures that was left standing after the explosion of the atomic bomb, and the only structure left standing today, the 原爆ドーム, Genbaku Dome has been named one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. There was much controversial whether they should tear down this building, as for one, it reminds the people of Hiroshima the pains of the tragedy. However, through much efforts, it has been preserved in almost the same state as immediately after the bombing. It is not only an outstanding example of the destructive forces of the war and humans, it also hopes for the elimination of nuclear weapons and for world peace.

The Peace Memorial Park consists of many monuments and structures for the remembrance of the Hiroshima victims, for the hope of world peace.

The Cenotaph and flowers for the remembrance of the atomic bomb victims. The Genbaku Dome can be seen.

The Peace Memorial Museum is the most important sites in the Peace Memorial Park and for travellers, the most worthy movement of the trip to Hiroshima. At 50円 for the admission, the Peace Memorial Museum really proves that it is working towards achieving peace. Furthermore, a high percentage of the visitors of the museum are mostly likely to be foreigners. (It should be noted that the amount of tourist visiting Japan per year is actually quite low, most of the visitors are however, domestic tourists.)

This museum not only showcase the events of World War II, but most importantly, also artifacts, writings, accounts, reports, photographs, poems, of the horror and pains the atomic bomb had brought to the people of Hiroshima. Other than Nagasaki, this museum is most likely the only museum in the world displaying and explaining the effects of the atomic bomb. A great amount of translation in English has been done, to ensure that visitors from around the world could understand what was being written, which may be rare in many museums located in non-English speaking countries.

Photos of the victims.

The watch, one of the several found in the museum, displaying the time of the explosions. The memory is permanently engraved, not only in the hearts of the victims, but also in their watches.

The gruesome scenes of the actual scene after the bombing took place shows the terrors of living hell on earth.

Please read this, one of the most powerful writings found in the museum. This photograph taken here, just like the lens of the writer, is blurred.



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