Besides the red torii gate...
Besides the red torii gate that stands guard in the water in front of it, Itsukushima Shrine is undoubtedly the most famous landmark on Miyajima. Originally dating from the sixth century, the present structure was redesigned in the Shinden architectural style in the 12th century. Viewed at high tide, the shrine appears to be floating on the water. Its open areas ceremonies and performances throughout the year.
The only structure left!
Most people who come to Hiroshima visit this structure. This particular building was near ground zero when the atomic bomb (code named "Little Boy" ) exploded 580 meters over the Shima Hospital after being dropped by the Enola Gay at 8:15 am on August 6, 1945. The A-bomb Dome is the ruins of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Hall. It is to be preserved as an appeal for world peace and as a witness to the horror of nuclear weapons.
Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589 by the Mori clan. It was completely destroyed by the atomic bomb. The year 1958 marked the completion of today's concrete reconstruction of the castle, which houses a museum.
Hiroshima: past and today
What I like about Hiroshima every time I come here is that the entire city and people are turning the cruel past into the aspiration for peace, and lessons to be learned for the future. Indeed, on 6 August 1945, we witnessed the terrible scene that humans massively killed their own kind so brutally. Despite of what happened, people of Hiroshima seem to have grown out of the past agony and physical and psychological sufferings and established the city as an international appeal site for peace. There have been numerous conferences, policy forums, manifestations, research projects on the promotion of peace and international cooperation. Hiroshima stays as "atomic-bombed" Hiroshima forever but it will surely continue to go beyond its tragic past and undertake its mission to create the synergy for peace, international good-will and cooperation for the realization of a nuclear weapon-free world.
"After 65 years, still....."
A day never passes without the flowers dedicated by the visitors. Perhaps, everybody has different things to say here but one thing is common in their prayers - "Never again".
"Children's work for peace"
Colorful works are done by children from all over the world and presented to the Peace Memorial site of Hiroshima with their sincere hope and wish for the peaceful world.
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The city of Hiroshima (meaning "Wide Island" and nicknamed the "City of Water") developed on the delta of the Ota River, where five fishing and farming villages existed 600 years ago. Formed from the rich, fertile soil carried by the Ota River, the delta contains six rivers flowing through the heart of the city and into the Seto Inland Sea, part of the huge Seto Inland Sea national park. The six rivers, which rise and ebb with the tide, are connected by many bridges that play an integral part in the life of the people of the city. A good way to rivers and across its bridges.
Overall, the climate is warm and moist, with the highest humidty levels occurring during the summer. The rainy season in June and part of July and the typhoon season in late August and early September are not as extreme or hazardous as they are in less protected areas of the country, but an umbrella is definitely a necessity. In the hot, muggy mid-summer days, 100% cotton clothing provides the most comfort. The best weather occurs during the spring, from cherry blossom time in late march through may, and the fall, from mid-september through November, with its clear skies and sunny days.
Ask any resident here what makes Hiroshima so special and different and they will give you a combination of answers that will confuse you, but perhaps will also intrigue you enough to make you want to return again and again. They will say it's big, but not too big. It's busy, but not too busy. For a city of over one million people, the air is relatively unpolluted and the parks, streets and rivers are clean and adorned with the green of ever increasing numbers of trees. Because of the abundant streetcars, taxis, buses, trains and flat terrain for bicycling, getting around town is easy. People are serious here, but they know how to enjoy life and how to go out of their way, sometimes to extraordinary lengths, to make visitors feel at home.
On August 6, 1945 the city was completely devastated by an atomic bomb that exploded in the sky over the center of the city. It was thought at the time that nothing would grow in Hiroshima for seventy years, but with the help of people in Japan and abroad, the citizens of Hiroshima were able to achieve wonders in re-building the city. It has undergone a remarkable rebirth as the world-famous "City of Peace," a number of whose citizens are dedicated to educating the world about the dangers of radiation and nuclear war. At the same time, many other residents of the area sincerely hope that the international community will see beyond the facts of this significant historical event in order to appreciate other aspects of the reality that is Hiroshima.
The largest city on the western end (Chugoku district) of japan's biggest island (Honshu), Hiroshima is continually expanding to meet the needs of the future, including the Asian Games, to be hosted here in 1994. Evidence of this development can be seen in the construction of a new monorail system, new cultural facilities, and a large, ultramodern international airport. Visitors will find outstanding hotel accomodations, delicious food and many sightseeing attractions in Hiroshima, a place that truly should not be missed by anyone who comes to Japan.