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Everyone has heard of Hiroshima but the city’s fame has less to do with ancient temples, historic sites and beautiful landscapes than the horrific incident which shocked the world and devastated Hiroshima at 8.15 AM on Monday, August 6, 1945. With the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, WWII ended but effectively heralded the beginning of the Nuclear age, which to this day, leaves a heavy cloud of uncertainty and fear hanging over the world.
Walking the streets of Hiroshima today, it could be easy to forget the devastation which flattened the city 65 years ago. The bustling energy of the city and its people is only deflated by the mournful shell of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Hall more commonly known as the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome. This crumbling ruin is the only building in Hiroshima’s city centre remaining from pre-1945. The dome is left standing as a constant reminder as to the horrors and devastation of nuclear war and marks a central focal point to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which spreads out across the river. Away from the dome and Peace park, the city hides it’s tragic past, with an energy and friendliness which makes visitors feel more at ease, after visiting the disturbing reminders of devastation and horror on show in the park and museum. This openness and energy shows the true resilience and optimism of the people of Hiroshima who, despite past pain and loss, have rebuilt their city and lives with a hugely admirable determination.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is one of those sobering places which can’t fail to move everyone who visits. Laid out in a an area of land in the city centre which was left abandoned after the atomic bombing, the park is a beautiful and moving memorial to the atrocity.
Central to the park is the eternal peace flame and cenotaph sculpture which are located in front of the Peace Museum which itself makes for an interesting but ultimately humbling experience for all visitors.
Most people come to Hiroshima to visit the scene of one of man-kinds worst mistakes, but the city has much more to offer visitors. Most of your time will be taken up with the peace park and museum, but Hiroshima’s less depressing sites are well worth checking out. Hiroshima Castle, park and adjacent royal buildings are well worth a look and if there at the right time of year, a visit to the Hiroshima Municipal Stadium to watch the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team, is a popular way to spend an evening, both for locals and visitors alike. Of course every visitor to Hiroshima with more than a day or two to spare, will definitely want to make for the beautiful and sacred island of Miyajima, just a short trip from central Hiroshima.
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