- A park for world peace
- “Please rest in peace, for [we/they] shall not repeat the error.”
- The“Peace Flame”, to hope for the end of atomic weapons in the world.
- Knowing the real damage of atomic bomb is essential to us.
A park for world peace
Peace Memorial Park is located in the center of Hiroshima and is blessed with nature.
I felt the energy from “hope”in this park.
On August 6th, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and the city was completely destroyed. This area used to be the business quarters of Hiroshima, known as the Nakajima district. It must have been very busy during most days and the attack took the lives of so many people here. Peace Memorial Park was built near ground zero in 1954 for the purpose of never repeating the same mistake again and to hope for world peace.
“Please rest in peace, for [we/they] shall not repeat the error.”
The memorial cenotaph is located in the center of the park with more than 100 lists of victim’s names stored here (About 300 thousand people). To protect the ‘victims’ from weather, the cenotaph is covered with a dome that acts like a roof.
The cenotaph states,“Please rest in peace, for [we/they] shall not repeat the error.”
I was about to cry. I thought the energy drifting across the park is created by people’s wishes.
There were also foreign visitors who were listening to a guide on the day I visited.
The“Peace Flame”, to hope for the end of atomic weapons in the world.
On the north side of the cenotaph there’s a “Peace Flame”. After the blast, the victims of the atomic bomb were wandering around, seeking water. This was built in 1964 to rest the souls of the dead and to wish for world peace. Since then, the fire has been kept lit and will never be extinguished until all atomic weapons are relinquished from this planet.
Knowing the real damage of atomic bomb is essential to us.
Please visit Peace Memorial Museum if you are visiting this park. There are photos of victims right after the atomic bomb fell on the city. There are several locations in this park that’ll get you thinking about peace; the Atom bomb dome, the Peace bells, and many others.
Thinking about what we can do for world peace based on these terrible incidents that had happened in the past is something you can take with you from this park. It is definitely, one of the places that you should visit when visiting Hiroshima.
1 Nakajimachō, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima Prefecture