On August 6th, 1945, an American bomber dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over Hiroshima. It destroyed 90% of the entire city, immediately killed over 80,000 people, and roughly 113,000 additional people would later end up dying from radiation and other effects.
The building here that seems to illuminate across the river is the Atomic bomb Dome. The explosion happened nearly directly above this building, yet it was one of the only structures in the city to not crumble completely, although no one inside of it at the time survived. Now, the hollowed structure of the building serves as a symbol of peace.
It was an emotional experience to spend the afternoon walking around Hiroshima and Peace Memorial Park. So much of the focus here was not on the tragedy or anger of the past, though certainly they pay tribute to lives lost. What they really want is for others to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering and dangers caused by nuclear weapons, and to recogognize the true value of peace. I think it’s pretty special how they focus their attitudes and efforts towards a peaceful society and are shouting the importance of this from literally every corner of this city. Eagerly, desperately praying for a change. Are you listening, world? .
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