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"Hiroshima was destroyed by a..." Hiroshima Favorite Tip by ErnieGal

Hiroshima General: 59 reviews and 93 photos


Favorite thing: Hiroshima was destroyed by a single atomic bomb in 1945. It was said that the city would be bare of trees and plants for seventy years. But with the citizens' sustained efforts, and material and moral support at home and a broad, the city was restored to life. Looking at this modern city today, it is difficult to imagine the devastation of 1945. At the heart of this typical regional center of commerce and culture loes <font color=red> <b>Peace Memorial Park</font> </b>, withfacilities for looking back to its awesome atomic past. The Park, easily reached in about 10 minutes from Hiroshima Station by bus or streetcar, it dotted with many monuments memorializing the bomb's victims. Across the river, northeast of the park, stands the A-bomb Dome, a stark reminder of August 1945. Pope John Paul II, on his February 1981 visit here, said that to remember Hiroshima is to commit oneself to the fucially meaningful if you can hear the silent voices of those memorialized in Peace Park. Today Peace Memorial Park is filled with rich greenery. This memorial site, which now evokes sympathy for those tragicaly lost here, was once a thriving district in central Hiroshima where people peacefully went about their daily lives. Its neighborhoods of Tenjin Kitagumi, Zaimoku, Nakajima, and Motoyanagi had many shops, inns, restaurants, and theaters during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and during Japan's modern era which began in 1868. There were also many Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines. The northern point of this area between two rivers was the A-bomb's target. The whole area vanished in an instant except for the debris of tombstones in temple graveyards. The A-bomb Dome, one of the few bombed buildings remaining today, was one the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. There the prefecture's principal products were exhibited, and fairs and art shows were held. Its unique design, then and even now, is a familiar landmark.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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