Visit the Peace Park (after...
Visit the Peace Park (after all if you look in the Lonely Planet it says this is the only reason to stop in Hiroshima! but we know thats not true!) It may not be a fond memory you come away with but it will be when you look back and have got over the feeling of sadness when you read about the events of August the 6th.
If you're interested in seeing...
If you're interested in seeing some real Japan and don't mind hanging out in the countryside with the oldies drop me a line and I'll set you up with a homestay with the most amazing hospitality you will ever receive. You can't know Japan without meeting the Japanese!
Beautiful Japanese postcards and stamps
Found that Japan has some of the most beautiful postcards and stamps.
So why not take some time and write a few postcards from Japan while you are there.
Your family and friends will enjoy receiving them for sure.
Postage of postcard to Malaysia: 70 yen
Korean Victims Monument
While the sheer number of Japanese bomb victims staggered me, I was even more surprised to learn of the number of Korean victims in Hiroshima. Thousands of Koreans were living in Japan at the time and a significant population resided in Hiroshima. Living as an lower class minority in Hiroshima, nobody can give a definitive number as to the amount of Koreans who were living in Hiroshima at the time, or indeed how many Koreans died as a result of the Atomic Bomb, but the number is estimated to be between 45 and 50 thousand souls.
In memory of the huge number of Koreans killed, a monument was erected in the park to honour the victims. The stone monument is inscribed with two messages reading “The Monument in Memory of the Korean Victims of the A-Bomb. In memory of the souls of His Highness Prince Yi Wu and over 20000 other souls" and "Souls of the dead ride to heaven on the backs of turtles." The monument is understandably a popular site for the many Korean visitors to Japan. There is a separate commemoration ceremony for Korean victims every year held close to the monument.
"A beautiful city again"
It`s likely that most people would never have heard if Hiroshima if it hadn`t become famous for being the first city destroyed by an atomic bomb. I found Hiroshima to be a beautiful city while I was there. It is among my choices of Japanese cities that I would like to live in.
"Genbaku Dome (A-bomb Dome)"
The first atomic bomb, Little Boy, was dropped above the city over this building (left standing so that people never forget the horror of the event and what war can lead to).
I feel it is of the utmost importance for people to visit Hiroshima & Nagasaki so as to clearly gain an understanding of what we`ll likely see happen again elsewhere in the world.
And although, the dropping of the bombs on both Hiroshima & Nagasaki killed over 200,000 people in less than a few seconds (and tens of thousands more to die from the lingering effects of exposure to radiation and other ill effects), the bombs used here were nothing in comparisson with the potential of today`s arsenals.
Where as one atomic bomb can wipe out a small city, one hydrogen bomb (of several megatons) could wipe out an entire county or prefecture initially.
Hiroshima as it stands today represents hope for humanity. As long as, Japan remains non-nuclear, the world has hope. For if the only nation yet to have felt the effects of the horror of the bomb can stand up and say no to this then we have hope. If Japan ever gives this up then the deaths of all those who died & all those who suffered after the atomic bombings will have been in vain.
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