Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the home of the tragic 1945 atomic bomb blast during World War II. Since then, it has become world known for its efforts in seeking world peace and the abolition of the atomic bomb. Hiroshima is located on the Ota River delta, on Hiroshima Bay, on the main island of Honshu. It faces the Seto Inland Sea and the river’s 6 channels separate Hiroshima into multiple islets. To visit Hiroshima and feel its history is quite a sombre affair, so be warned. Hiroshima, along with Nikko, is listed as a World Heritage Site.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is located in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in central Hiroshima. It was established in 1955 (ten years after the bombing) with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall. Inside the museum are pictures, artefacts, surviving documents and video footage, and belongings of victims set out in a way to tell the story of how the bombing occurred. The museum is dedicated to education about the devastation a bomb like that can cause, and the constant urge for peace throughout the world.
Hiroshima Park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb’s direct and indirect victims. The explosion left an open field, and it was here that the park was built between 1950 and 1964. It houses numerous monuments and memorials which draw in over 1 million tourists a year since its opening.  The most notable of these is the A-Bomb Dome, a skeletal ruin which used to be the Industrial Promotion Hall, and the Children’s Peace Monument. The monument is a statue of a girl with outstretched arms, with a folded paper crane rising above her. The statue was built in honour of the true story about Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died of radiation after the bomb. She believed that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes, she would be healed. It is common, even to this day, for people (mostly children) to fold cranes and place them near the statue.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum

a-bomb dome
The A-bomb dome

childrens monument
Children’s Peace Monument with paper crane cabinets 

childrens monument 2
The statue of Sadako Sasaki

museum map of destruction
A scale model of the destruction left by the atomic bomb. The red globe symbolises the point of explosion. 

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Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle, sometimes referred to as Carp Castle, was the home of the feudal lord of the Hiroshima domain. The castle was constructed in the 1590s, but was briefly destroyed by the atomic bombing in 1945 and rebuilt again in 1958. The reconstruction serves as a museum of the town’s history before World War II. The grounds and parts of the castle are open to the public for viewing and photo opportunities. Mori Terumoto established the castle in 1589, when Hiroshima wasn’t a city or even a town.

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Hiroshima Museum of Art

Located in Hiroshima National Park, the Hiroshima Museum of Art was founded in 1978. There are eight galleries within the museum, all dedicated to different ages and forms of artwork; Romanticism to Impressionism, Neo-Impressionists and Post- Impressionists, Fauvism and Picasso, Ecole de Paris and Modern Japanese Paintings of Western-Style.
To learn more: http://www.hiroshima-museum.jp/en/index.html

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Mitaki-dera

Mitaki-dera is a historic Japanese temple in the city. The temple was founded in 809AD. There are three falls, and the water is used as an offering to the victims of the atomic bomb during the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Ceremony. Mitaki-dera is famous for its maples and beauty during Autumn, when the leaves turn wondrous shades of red and orange.

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Shukkeien Garden

Shukkeien’s name can be loosely translated into English as “shrunken scenery garden”. This serves as a pretty accurate description of the garden itself. Valleys, mountains and forests are embodied in miniature in the tiny landscape. The garden imitates an assortment of natural formations and scenic views. There is a pond in the centre of the garden and a path that winds around the pond. The path also runs through all the miniature scenery and the best way to enjoy it all is to follow this path.

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