"City of Peace" Hiroshima by Rabbityama
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While on my exchange to Japan, I was fortunate that my host family was able to take me to Hiroshima to see the Peace Park and Memorial Museum. I learned a lot from the museum, and a lot more from my host family, about the importance of peace and the need to stop nuclear proliferation and eliminate nuclear weapons from our world.
That was now years ago, and since then I've gone back to Hiroshima, but the museum and other atomic bomb sites cannot help but move you, no matter how many times you visit or how much you learn about it. Death tolls and statistics never convey the truth of the atomic bomb (or any disaster) and the real-life pain and suffering it causes nor can they show just how far-reaching the affects are beyond the immediate damage. Even the museum itself can only give us a glimpse of what its like to live through such a thing. But it's enough; enough to make anyone think twice about atomic weapons and war as a whole and start thinking more about peace as something less abstract and more attainable.
This picture shows the Flame of Peace. It will burn continually until all nuclear weapons in the world have been abolished. Many Japanese people sincerely believe that this flame will someday be extinguished. I truly hope they are right.
This clock, located in the entrance of the Hiroshima Memorial Museum, has two numbers that give some interesting information about the current status of atomic bombs. The top number (21,185 in the picture) tells how many days it has been since the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. Obviously the number is larger now, since this picture is from 2003.
The second number (314 in the picture) is the number of days that have passed since the last atomic bomb was tested. At the time I went, it was not even a year ago. Hopefully, this number will continue to grow! It's always sad to see it go back to zero.
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