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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 平和記念公園

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    The somber Hiroshima Peaceful Memorial Park remind us to unite and work together towards peace for all mankind.

    view of atomic bomb dome in Hiroshima |

    Located in the center of Hiroshima City is the Hiroshima Peaceful Memorial Park (広島平和記念公園). The park and its facilities were established based on enactment of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law in 1949.

    Google map of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

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    The current Hiroshima Peaceful Memorial Park location was known as Nakajima district, which had 6,500 people living there during the war. All the lives in this area perished immediately when the bomb dropped.

    Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima |

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial/Atomic Bomb Dome (広島平和記念碑/原爆ドーム)

    world heritage UNESCO sign outside Atomic Bomb Dome |

    The Atomic Bomb Dome is located on the north end of the park across the river. It housed the national and municipal government offices. It is currently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    view of Atomic Bomb Dome from the river side |

    The bomb was detonated 160 meters (524 feet) southeast of the Atomic Bomb Dome.

    children standing in front of atomic bomb dome |

    view of atomic bomb dome from across the river |

    peace clock tower in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    As we walk along the river from the north side of Hiroshima Peaceful Memorial Park towards the museum, you’ll see the Peace Clock Tower to the right.

    memorial tower to the mobilized student in Hiroshima |

    stone depicting memorial tower to the mobilized students |

    Before crossing the Motoyasu Bridge, you will see the Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students (動員学徒慰霊塔). During the war in 1944, middle and high school students were required to work in munitions factories and other services for the military. 6,300 out of 8,400 students died during the bombing.

    children's peace monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    After you cross the bridge, Children’s Peace Monument (原爆の子の像) will be on your right-hand side. The monument was erected in memory of all the children who died from bombing in Hiroshima. It was inspired by the death of Sadako Sasaki (佐々木禎子), who died from leukemia as a result of the radiation at 12 years old. Sadako believed that by folding 1,000 cranes, she would be cured based on traditional Japanese beliefs.

    folded crane at children's peace monument inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    School children often bring folded crane wishing for peace on field trips to the monument.

    golden crane at children's peace monument at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    statue of girl with outstretched arm at children's peace monument in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park |

    view of peace flame and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    View of the Peace Flame (平和の灯) inside Hiroshima Peaceful Memorial Park and the museum in the background.

    view of peace flame at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    The Peace Flame

    statue of a prayer for peace at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park |

    Statue of a Prayer for Peace

    Memorial Cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park looking at Atomic Bomb Dome |

    Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace (原爆死没者慰霊碑). The cenotaph (stone chest) underneath the arch contains the record of all the names who had died from the atomic bombing (all nationalities).

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

    The museum collects and displays belongings left by the victims from the bombing. There are exhibitions that show Hiroshima before and after the bombing, as well as information on the current nuclear age. As the city of peace, Hiroshima’s deepest wish is the elimination of all nuclear weapons and world peace for all.

    black and white image of Hiroshima before atomic bombing |

    The museum has 4 floors, with paid admission required for the 2nd and 3rd floor. The second floor focuses on Hiroshima’s history during the war and its efforts to recover after the war.

    date and time of Hiroshima atomic bombing |

    Date and time of the bombing.

    image of the atomic bomb about to drop on Hiroshima |

    Short movie showing where the bomb donated and the devastating results.

    danger of nuclear weapon exhibition inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    Exhibition on the 3rd floor focuses on the Dangers of Nuclear Weapons.

    Dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima exhibition with map |

    black and white photos of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb |

    Scenes of Hiroshima after the bombing.

    replica of little boy inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    Replica of “Little Boy”, the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

    metal replica of Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall |

    metal replica of Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall after atomic bomb |

    Industrial Promotion Hall (before and after).

    photos of burnt scar from atomic bomb |

    Burns on the body from the bomb.

    news on abolition of nuclear weapon inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    Information on the abolition of Nuclear Weapons.

    broken watch from atomic bomb |

    On the first floor, there is a special exhibition room. The room contains daily objects and what impact was from the bomb on them.

    tricycle on display at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |
    glass jar melted from the heat of the atomic bomb |
    black and white photos of Hiroshima citizens after the atomic bomb |
    black and white photos of Hiroshima citizens after atomic bomb |
    Scenes captured with camera shortly after the bombing.

    jacket of elementary student inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |
    school boy outfit inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |
    melted glass marbles from inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |

    Melted glass marbles from the heat.

    black rain streaks down a white wall on display |

    Streaks of black rain on a white surface after the bombing. The heat from the bomb carried dirt and debris into the air. As it rained the radioactive dust came down as black rain.

    sign with story of Sadako Sasaki |
    black and white images of Sadako Sasaki |

    Barak Obama signing letter during his visit to Hiroshima |
    Barak Obama's letter for world peace inside Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum |
    “We have known the agony of war. Let us now find the courage, together, to spread peace, and pursue a world without nuclear weapons.” – Barak Obama

    If you enjoyed the Hiroshima Castle guide, check out Hiroshima Japan GuideHiroshima Castle, and other travel posts from Just One Cookbook.

    view of Hiroshima castle |

    Hiroshima Castle

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