Hiroshima, Japan


From fun to sombre. I’m not even going to pretend I was here for the city. I couldn’t not come here. It’s always stuck in my head after A-Level History. Yes i’m a geek.

Hiroshima is infamous for one thing; The dropping of the first nuclear bomb on 6th August 1945. I spent an entire day in the Memorial Peace Park which is built around the epicentre of the blast. The dome in the picture below (*or it will be when I get my laptop working again…) still stands as the impact was centered directly above it. Everything else was flattened to 3k radius. Apparently 30 mins after the impact black rain started to fall across the city. I find this so eerie a fact.  The two really poignant touches to the Peace Park are a cenotaph for the A bomb victims in the centre of the gardens. It holds a flame which the city have pledged will only be extinguished when the world’s last nuclear weapon is destroyed. Pretty powerful stuff. The other is the Children’s Peace Monument – which is obviously tear jerking enough before you even hear this next bit. Sadako Sesaki was aged 6 at the blast. Like many others she became ill with Leukaemia 6 years later. When in hospital she started to fold origami paper cranes as a symbol of hope, but died a few months later. Her classmates all campaigned to finish her goal of folding 1000 paper cranes, which triggered a Nationwide movement across Japan, resulting in thousands of coloured paper birds at the foot of this monument.

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