Hijiyama Park is a hill 70 m...
Hijiyama Park is a hill 70 m high and 1 km in length from north to south in the western part of the city. Referring to its shape, the poet Rai Sanyo called the hill 'gakisan' (sitting tiger mountain) in a poem.
The top of the mountain is Hijiyama Koen Park and has long been a place fro citizens to rest and relax. It is famous for its cherry blossoms, and during the cherry blossom season many cherry blossom-viewing parties, 'hanami', are held here. From the lookout point, where you will find a plaque bearing a poem by Shiki Masaoka, one can look out over downtown Hiroshima and even as far as Hiroshima Bay and Miyajima. The view from here at night is quite lovely.
At the western foot of the mountain, near the start of the drive, there is a temple, Tamonin, and a building housing the works of the above-mentioned poet, on the grounds of which is a pine tree, 'garyu-no-matsu' that has been designated a natural monument. At the southern foot there is a shell mound from the late Jomon peiod that has been designated an historical sppot by the prefecture.
The park is presently undergoing a beautification program to transform it into a place that is both rich in history and also symbolizes the harmony between people and nature.
Peace Park is a real somber place to visit. To walk to the tomb of 10,000 ash's or to ring the peace bell, it is a real moveing. This is a place for history buffs to go and see what had happend in 1945.
Children's Peace Monument
Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima 12-year old, inspired this monument. She believed that if she could fold 1000 origami cranes she could beat the leukemia brought on by the background radiation caused by the bomb. Unfortunately, she died before reaching that mark.
Her friends continued to fold cranes in her memory. You too can fold cranes and add them to the ever growing display of origami.
Hiroshima-famous for all the wrong reasons
"A pleasant city forever cursed by the A-bomb"
Hiroshima is a nice little port city of just over 1 million people. Its history as a base for military operations resulted in it being selected to be the first city to be hit by the Atomic bomb in 1945. The bomb hit in the centre of the city, next to two local highschools, and completely flattening the area in something like a 3km radius. An intense inferno followed burning survivors and the injured.
The peace park and museum is worth a visit, however if you find that kind of thing depressing then the islands surrounding Hiroshima are worth seeing too, with ferries running to most. However I think it is important to see the museum because of the devastating impact the bomb had on Hiroshima's citizens, that continues even today.
" A-bomb Dome"
The A-bomb Dome is what is left of the Industrial Promotion Centre. The Dome is kept as a monument. And is declared a world heritage by Unesco.
Across the bridge, is the Peace Park. This park is now full of monuments remembering the bomb and its victims. But before august 1945 it was a busy residential area. The A-bomb destroyed all the buildings standing here.
At righthand side of the pic you can see the eternal flame burning. This flame will not be extinguised untill all nuclear weapons are of this world.
" Childrens Peace Monument"
This monument is the Childrens Peace Monument. Schoolmates of Sadako raised funds to built this monument.
More about Sadako:
http://www.hiroshima-is.ac.jp/Hiroshima/crane.htm#The Story Of Sadako
Sadako was a twelve year old girl who had leukemia as a result of the A-bomb. She believed that she would cured if she folded 1000 paper cranes. Sadly enough she died when she had finished only about 600 cranes.
Since the monument was built in 1958 people from all over the world bring paper cranes to this place. Paper cranes stand for a long healthy and peacefull life.
We folded over 500 cranes and put them at the base of the monument on the 13th of september.
On top of the monument is a girl with a crane reaching for the sky.
" the peace museum"
The peace museum is also located in the park. It is very depressing to see the story of the A-bomb, but yet it makes you wonder.....WHY? Why are we, the people of the world, always fighting other people? Why can´t there be peace?
I forgot to take a picture of the museum, so i took one of the site of tourism Hiroshima: