Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

Hiroshima Peace Memorial park was built in remembrance of the darkest day in history of Japan, to memorialize the victims of first nuclear attack on Hiroshima. As Hiroshima was the first unfortunate city of the world to suffer the everlasting pain of nuclear attacks. The victims of this tragedy were more than 140,000 in numbers, but the sufferings run generations after generation. This park was built in 1950s to memorize those victims and to make world realize the effects and after affects of such terrible acts. Ironically, the park is built on the large open field created through explosion, and which was once (before nuclear explosions) the busiest commercial and residential hub. The annual Peace Memorial Ceremony is held in this park, which is important to keep the tragedy, horror and catastrophic affects of nuclear attacks in mind. Thus to make all world leaders and commoners realize the importance of peace and harmony.
Points of interests about this park firstly includes the Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome), this dome actually gives a chilling and horrific reminder for the terrible destruction trough atomic bombing. Standing and seeing such disastrous results just for winning of a war make your mind go crazy. It left a chill in heart, a feeling of shock, terror, and emotions you don’t want to be in.
Next, there is a Peace bell, which every visitor is encouraged to ring as a gesture of peace and message of harmony. The heart of this peace park is “Cenotaph”. This is a stone chamber, and under the arch is of deceased bomb victims. Here is a stone inscribed by the words of Professor Tadayoshi Sidka, “Please rest in Peace, for we shall not repeat the error”.
There is a peace memorial museum, clock monument (large clock showing 8:15, time when 1st bomb drops on Hiroshima), Chinese Parasol Tree, and much more. In a nutshell, this park gives sad vibes with horror, anger for the error makers, grief, sorrow and heart full of tears for the victims and the feeling one can’t describe in words.
Well, still I would suggest everyone to be there once.

Where I stayed / started

Hotel Park side Hiroshima

http://www.park-side.co.jp/

Have you done this? What can you add to this jrrny?

Related Posts

More Jrrnys by this Contributor