Hiroshima Heiwa Park, A Beautiful Place with a Tragic Past

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The location of Hiroshima Hewia Park aka Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is where the first Atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima.

The Story Behind the Memorial

In August 1945, the United States of America dropped an atomic bomb on two cities in Japan. One of those cities was Hiroshima. The bomb killed many people from the initial explosion, while others died later from the radiation exposure. At the time, it was the business center of the city, which is why it was targeted. Today, this beautiful memorial park stands in its place, after the decision was made not to redevelop the site.

Amazing Sites to See

The biggest attraction in the park is the remnants of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building is now known as the Genbaku Dome. Parts of the building survived the blast due to its location in regards to the bomb detonation. This building was almost directly below the bomb when it detonated, leaving the building somewhat protected. Some walls were spared as was the frame due to its steel construction. Now registered as a world heritage site, this is considered a "symbol of prayer for permanent world peace." In addition to this astonishing building, there are many memorials to see in this park including Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, Children's Peace Monumnet and a cenotaph for atomic bomb victims.

Ceremony held on the Anniversary

Every year on August 6, the anniversary of the dropping of the bomb, there is a ceremony held at the cenotaph for the victims of the bomb. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb and below the arch is a chest of stone housing the registry of their names, totaling over 220,000. The ceremony includes speeches and laying of wreaths at the tomb. At the exact time of the detonation, 8:15 a.m., a moment of silence is observed in respect for the victims. Throughout the day, there are other events and activities that are held.

Access

Take the tram line 2 or 6 from Hiroshima Station to Genbaku-Domu Mae station. This will only take about 15 minutes.■Hours: 8:30~18:00 (19:00 in August, 17:00 December-February■Access: 1-2 Nakajimama-cho, Naka-ku, Hirosima City■Tell: 0555-82-2502■URL: http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/top_e.html

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