The memory lives on
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I walk back from the station towards the place I am staying. On my way I pass the
The hall is underground and I walk down through a spiraling path down below. The path end in a big hall with pictures of
As I leave the hall I get into a room with a wall covered with 8 monitors constantly showing 18 photos each. The photos are of those victims which have been identified and of whom there is an existing photo. The photos are of young and old, men and women, and they seem to go on forever and ever. The photos are not accompanied by any information but the names of the people killed in alphabetical order without any distinction between Japanese and foreigner.
I go into the next room where there is a display with survivors telling the stories of what happened on the day of the explosion and how their friends and family had been killed during the blast or in the days following it as a result of burns or radiation sickness. If you wish you can also search for information of the people killed in the explosion - but considering I have no knowledge of any of the victims this is hardly relevant in my case and I decide to leave the memorial hall.