Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome
We took off from Kyoto on the Shikansan (bullet train) for a quick visit to Hiroshima, Japan. The shot above is of the A-Bomb Dome that now forms part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (広島平和記念碑 Hiroshima Heiwa Kinenhi), also called the Atomic Bomb Dome or A-Bomb Dome (原爆ドーム Genbaku Dōmu.) It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The ruin serves as a memorial to the people who were killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. Over 70,000 people were killed instantly, and another 70,000 suffered fatal injuries from the radiation.
It truly is a very sad reminder of the horrors of war. It’s amazing how the Dome is the only building left standing in the hypocenter of the bomb. Everything else being wiped out. This is my second visit to Hiroshima and I still find walking around the park very haunting.
On a lighter note though the city of Hiroshima is an amazing place to visit with great food and a must visit if in Japan in my opinion.
A-Bomb Dome from the Motoyasu River
On both of the shots above there was always someone sitting looking at the Dome in what seemed like contemplation.