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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Japan : Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Cenotaph and Genbaku Dome as seen from Peace Memorial Museum
japan-guide.com)


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There are many beautiful places in Japan. Some examples are Mount Fuji, Himeji Castle, Kamakura, Matsumoto Castle, Tokyo tower and many more. Among all of these, i would like to go to Hiroshima Peace Memorial park the best

Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park ( Heiwa Kinen Kōen) is one of the most prominent features of the city. Even visitors not looking for the Peace Park will likely stumble upon the large park of over 120,000 square meters. Its trees, lawns, and walking paths are in stark contrast to the surrounding downtown area.

Before the bomb, the area of what is now the Peace Park was the political and commercial heart of the city. For this reason, it was chosen as the pilot's target. Four years to the day after the bomb was dropped, it was decided that the area would not be redeveloped but instead devoted to peace memorial facilities.

The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. Today there are a number of memorials and monuments, museums, and lecture halls, which draw over a million visitors annually. The annual 6 August Peace Memorial Ceremony which is sponsored by the city of Hiroshima, is also held in the park. The purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is to not only memorialize the victims, but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and advocate world peace.


Peace Memorial Museum
(japan-guide.com)

The Peace Memorial Museum  collects and displays belongings left by the victims, photos, and other materials that convey the horror of that event, supplemented by exhibits that describe Hiroshima before and after the bombings and others that present the current status of the nuclear age. Each of the items displayed embodies the grief, anger, or pain of real people. Having now recovered from the A-bomb calamity, Hiroshima's deepest wish is the elimination of all nuclear weapons and the realization of a genuinely peaceful international community.

Genbaku Dome
 (c) UNESCO

You can also go visit the  Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome). It was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

With all the history behind it, this place , Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is definitely worth going to.
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5 comments:

  1. Japan is a very lucky country to have those great places in their country. <3

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  2. Wow! This place is amazing!! I hope someday I could go there! Just a glimpse would be fine! hehe :))

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  3. Great article! your article is very informative and interesting. i hope i can go there someday.:))

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