City of Peace

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The A-Bomb Dome
Hiroshima will always be associated with the tragic event of 6th August 1945.

At the centre of the city lies Aioi bridge, which due to its distinctive T-shape served as the bomb's target. The area around the hypocentre is now known as the Peace Memorial Park, a triangular green area that hosts the Peace Memorial Museum and numerous cenotaphs.  A the top of the park is the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall building, now known as the A-Bomb Done, one of the few buildings that was not flattened by the explosion and the only Hiroshima structure left to remind us of the horrific consequences of nuclear war. Right in the middle of the park stands the Peace Flame, which will keep burning until the day that the last nuclear weapon is destroyed.
Aioi bridge


Walking away from the park, it is difficult to forget about the people who perished, those close to them and those who experienced that day and survived; the tragedy of nuclear war and all the people involved in making the decision to wipe a city off the earth's face. In a matter of seconds after the explosion, over 70,000 people had died. By the end of the year this number had reached 140,000. Some estimates that include the people that developed leukemia and other types of cancer in the years that followed bring the total number of deaths to 200,000. The temperature at the centre of the bomb reached 1 million degrees Celcius. Surface temperatures were around 3,000 degrees. Everything within a radius of 3 kms was flattened and burnt.

There is something truly remarkable about the aftermath and the years that followed the end of the Second World War.
With one of the few survivors of that day
In an amazing sign of resilience, the whole city was rebuilt within a few years. Temples and monuments such as the Hiroshima Castle were rebuilt to preserve the old japanese character of the city and blend the modern with the traditional. The whole spirit of the Peace Memorial museum and park is not that of a bitter account of the tragic events, but one of hope. The word Peace is always chosen over the word War. The importance of neuclear disarmament is the underlying theme of this city.

Later that day I am looking for the Post Office and an elderly man points me towards the right direction. He says his home is the same way so we walk together. Curious about whether he was alive 'that' day, I enquire his age. He was born in 1944. He was less than 1 year old when the bomb was dropped.
I comment that he must have been very lucky to be away from Hiroshima that day. He says he wasn't. He was at his home, which was at the same place where his current house is today. I would say probably less than 400 metres from the bomb's hypocentre. He was in a bunker with his family. Miraculously they all survived the explosion.

In the following days I visit the Hiroshima castle and the Prefectural Art Museum which has some beutiful displays of modern sculpture - alas, no photos allowed! And of course sampled the traditional dish of Hiroshima, okonomiyaki!

Tomorrow I head to the beautiful island of Miyajima


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The A-Bomb Dome
The A-Bomb Dome
Aioi bridge
Aioi bridge
With one of the few survivors of t…
With one of the few survivors of …
In front of the A-Bomb Dome
In front of the A-Bomb Dome
the plaque at the A-Bomb Dome
the plaque at the A-Bomb Dome
Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Park
Einsteins letter to Roosevelt, wa…
Einstein's letter to Roosevelt, w…
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin at…
Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin a…
the target
the target
letter towards the U.S. government…
letter towards the U.S. governmen…
Hiroshima before the 6th August 19…
Hiroshima before the 6th August 1…
and after
and after
names of people who perished
names of people who perished
the area around the hypocentre
the area around the hypocentre
broken glass that has penetrated a…
broken glass that has penetrated …
days after the bombing, classes ar…
days after the bombing, classes a…
Table of countries that poses nucl…
Table of countries that poses nuc…
figures representing badly burnt v…
figures representing badly burnt …
a replica of the Little Boy
a replica of the Little Boy
a kids bicycle
a kid's bicycle
A persons shadow can be seen on…
A person's "shadow" can be seen o…
a destroyed Buddha statue
a destroyed Buddha statue
This person developed severe inter…
This person developed severe inte…
Peace Flame and the A-Bomb Dome in…
Peace Flame and the A-Bomb Dome i…
inside Hiroshima Castle
inside Hiroshima Castle
Hiroshima shopping arcade
Hiroshima shopping arcade
preparing okonomyiaki!
preparing okonomyiaki!
Hiroshima
photo by: mmeymey