Japan 2013: Day 3 Hiroshima & Miyajima Part 2

DAY 3 (CON’T)

Start of the walk through the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ……

Taking the sightseeing bus turned out to be an excellent choice as the bus-stop is right at the entrance of the park, and the A-Bomb Dome (Formal Name is Hiroshima Peace Memorial, more commonly known as Atomic Bomb Dome or Genkaku Domu) right there. It is also earmarked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site ……

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Went closer to the ‘ruins’ ……

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Located at a corner, the Memorial Tower To The Mobilized Students ……

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Crossing the reconstructed Honkawa Bridge to get to the other side of the park ……

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Saw a row of blossoming autumn foliage, a quaint cafe right by the riverside, and the ferry pier that provides a ferry direct to Miyajima (as versus to taking train then ferry) ……

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Leaving the A-Dome in the distance ……

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This is by far my favourite shot – Autumn Tree Contrasted With The Remains of War (i.e A-Bomb Dome) …… Used the iPhone version of the shot (taken using Fotor app) as the image looked brighter and more natural ……

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The Children’s Peace Monument, with the colourful cranes and bell right in the centre ……

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Didn’t spend much time going through the monument as I continued on straight towards the museum …… You can see the The Flame of Peace, as well as the Pond of Peace right in front of it, followed by the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims, and the Fountain of Prayer right in front of the Museum ….. Before reaching the main Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

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No photography allowed inside the museum. So ended up spending a good 1 hour there looking through all the exhibits. Generally, the Japanese presented the horrors of the atomic bombing, and its subsequent effects on the people of Hiroshima (till today) from their perspective that the Americans had no qualms doing so to achieve their aims – as versus to more ‘peaceful’ ways that could be negiotiated. Also saw the numerous petitions and condemnations against nuclear power being sent to the U.S President (i.e. Barack Obama and his predecessors) from past to present …… The most hard-hitting part would be those artifacts that they have collected from dead victims (particularly young people – babies, children, students, young adults) – torn clothes, burned school bags, and even a children’s bicycle buried (when the child was effected with radiation from the bomb and passed away shortly). Must say this is a classic example of hitting one’s emotions right at the core (which I myself can learn from and adapt in my daily business and communications) …… A very interesting re-visit of History that I used to study in school!

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