Origami & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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With the new people I met at the hostel, James, Miki, and I walked to the Peace Park and found ourselves immersed in the tragic history and consequences of war...
The day was sunny with scattered clouds, and the Peace Memorial Park was our destination for the morning.
Just like its night view, the A-Bomb Dome stand alone and solemn - the only remnant of the atomic bomb's powerful destructive force unleashed in WWII.
There are several structures around the park that commemorated the tragic event and many more for peaceful reasons.
The Children's Memorial Park was build to commemorate Sadako, a young girl, who developed leukemia. During her hospital stay, she made origami cranes to symbolize hope and peace. The Children's Memorial Park have hundreds of thousands of paper cranes made by school children continuing Sadako's memory and legacy.
There is the flame that remain to be lighted and a cenotaph memorial with the list of people who died during and due to the radiation from the bombing. A class of grade school students were having a field trip that day and it was heartbreaking to hear from one of the students as he told his fellow classmates that his grandfather was one of the people who died during that bombing and his name is on the register in the stone chest.
We went on to the Peace Memorial Museum located in the center of Peace Memorial Park. In the museum, numerous items that were collected from the bombing were preserved. Scientific and medical conditions experienced by the victims were shown. Map of the city and the extent of the bomb's destruction were replicated.
Engrossed and humbled, we lost track of time in the museum. Definitely one of the best, educational, and powerful museum I have visited.
By then we realized it was time for lunch - close to 1pm, and we were starving.
We went back to the hostel but stopped by at the supermarket to buy food. During that time, James had a fabulous idea of making his own lunch - with Miki's help. So off we were buying the ingredients for his yakisoba. Back in the hostel, Miki showed him how to chopped lettuces/cabbages, add the thinly sliced pork, and season the soba noodles in the wok. And tada~! We had yakisoba for lunch. I also bought some tonkatsu and some dessert. I love supermarkets!