Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - or A-Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム Genbaku Dōmu) in the evening...

It's ground zero. The bomb exploded more or less above this building. What was left standing of it was preserved as a reminder. If you visit the museum and look through the monument there, you can see this building, across the canal. It's all designed on a straight line: the museum, the monument, the square, the eternal flame... on a line extending all the way to this building: its stark image captured within the monument on the square. It was impressive, to walk around there, to notice how much thought was put into remembering and to see how Hiroshima has reinvented itself after total destruction, incorporating that gruesome event into daily life and into a powerful 'never again'.

It's a lovely city, surrounded by mountains, with friendly people, beautiful parks, nice restaurants and a unique history.

2 November 2017

Hiroshima, Japan

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