Hello everyone! It’s been a month or so since I’ve written but I’m back and with some adventures to share! D. has been gone for quiet sometime, we were apart for 4.5 months. I decided to go visit him in Hiroshima before he came back home, which will be in a month now! It’s our first time being apart for so long and it’s been tough but it’s almost over! I’m so happy!
Anyways, I went to visit him in Hiroshima and seriously had the time of my life out there. Everyone was so nice and we met so many people from all over the world. I landed on Friday and we didn’t get to do much, besides eat and drink some beers. Cantina 23 is really good if ya’ll are looking for a place to enjoy some good beer, burgers and good vibes!
On Saturday we decided to head over to the Peace Memorial Museum, Park and A-Bomb Dome. On our way there we spotted a shrine and a lot of information stands. It was really nice to be able to stop and read about other things before getting to the museum itself.Views from the bridge.
The entrance to the museum was only ¥200. It was definitely a heavy day. Wow, is all the things I have to say. Below are two pictures of how the city looked when the bomb dropped.
At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima fell victim to the first atomic bombing. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure (history.com)
We didn’t take many pictures of the inside because, well, everyone should experience it for himself or herself. We walked around the grounds and it wasn’t any easier walking around reading about all the different monuments.
Below is the Cenotaph for A- bomb victims. The names of all those who lost their lives are inscribed inside the central stone vault. It currently holds more than 290,000 names of those who lost their lives to the bomb. New names are still being discovered and added every year.
The next monument we saw was the Children’s Peace Monument. This monument was built to commemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of other innocent children who died due to the atomic bomb. Sadako Sasaki was a young girl who was exposed to the radiation of the blast at the age of two and died ten years later from leukemia. Sadako, who continued to fold paper cranes throughout her long illness, can be seen at the top of the monument holding a wire crane above her head. Even today, folded paper cranes symbolizing the pursuit of peace arrive at the monument from all over the world (Visit Hiroshima) The park was absolutely beautiful even with all the sadness.
As we walked we came across The Bell of Peace. The Bell was installed to aim to abolish nuclear weapons and bringing world peace. A world map without national borders is on the surface of the bell to symbolize a single, unified world (Visit Hiroshima). We definitely did not miss the opportunity to ring the bell. Views from across the river.
Before getting to the A-Bomb dome we came across The Mobilized Students Memorial. The memorial is twelve meters tall, five stories, and is decorated with the Goddess of Peace as well as eight doves which are placed around the tower.
I think the hardest one for me though was walking next to the grounds of the A-bomb Dome. My chest started to get tight and I was starting to feel dizzy. Things like this happen a lot to me when I go somewhere there was a lot of death.
The dome itself remains in the condition right after the explosion. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 1996. The most important meaning of the surviving structure of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is in what it symbolizes, rather than just its aesthetic and architectural values. This silent structure is the skeletal form of the surviving remains of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotional Hall (constructed in 1914). It symbolizes the tremendous destructive power, which humankind can invent on the one hand; on the other hand, it also reminds us of the hope for world permanent peace (UNESCO).
Honestly, it was a hard day but it’s not something you’d want to miss. I love history and learning about it. It’s very enlightening. Anyways I know I didn’t write much but honestly there isn’t much to write about because this is definitely one you all have to experience for yourself. Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the next blog post; it’ll come sooner than you think!
P.s Have you been to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Park, A-Bomb Dome? What was your experience?