3 October 2013

Hiroshima, Japan #travelthursdays

When we were in Japan, tripping around Tokyo & Kyoto with a week-long Shinkansen pass we couldn't waste the opportunity to visit the small but infamous Japanese town of Hiroshima, and learn about the devastation caused.
 
 
 
I have to be honest, I wasn't certain about going as I'm ultimately a chicken and prone to being affected deeply by stories of war, but I'm so glad we did. It's somewhere that we never thought we'd see - an otherwise unremarkable Japanese town that will be forever known because it had the misfortune to have clear weather the day that a nuclear bomb was to be dropped.
 






Innocent people are the ones most hurt in war. 140,000 souls died and the epitaph, museum and peace park are moving testament to these people.



The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima, Japan. It was established in August 1955 with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall (now the International Conference Center Hiroshima). The museum exhibit presents the facts of the atomic bombing, with the aims of contributing to the abolition of nuclear weapons throughout the world, and of promoting world peace.


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum




The Peace Flame was first lit in 1964 and still aflame to date. The mission is to have it remain lit until all the nuclear bombs in the world is destroyed and humanity is free from any nuclear treats.


 
Where have you visited that left a mark on your heart in unexpected ways?

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8 comments :

  1. What a hauntingly beautiful place to visit. It looks eerily quiet.
    And... what's the deal with green KitKat?! :)

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    1. It was eerily quiet, part due to the time of year, and part to the respect everyone pays.
      It's one of the Japanese quirks - crazy flavoured Kitkats - the green one was a Wasabi Flavoured one - they had strawberry, citrus, green tea, blueberry. All delicious!

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  2. What a sad story about the little girl. I'd never heard that one before. I agree with Sara, this place does look eerily quiet!

    When we crawled through the tiny Cu Chi Tunnels in Saigon, Vietnam, I had one of those moments where you find yourself having difficulty catching your breath because you realize that so many people died on the ground you're walking on. It's very humbling.

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    1. It was so sad - one of the reasons I wasn't sure to go because I'm such a softy.
      It really makes you think, doesn't it.

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  3. The atomic dome had the most effect on me. It was the only building to stay standing when the bomb was dropped, so it made the whole thing seem very real.

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    1. Yes, I echo that - what a place.

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  4. It looks like a very moving and beautiful place to visit, one I will hope to visit next year when I move to Japan.
    Also, how random is that green kitkat?!

    Kate | Diaries of an Essex Girl

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    1. I implore you to go (and also visit the Tori - it's my one regret http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itsukushima_Shrine).

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