The Atom Bomb Museum
We arrived in Hiroshima by
Shinkansen just before lunch and checked into our hotel. Our goal
for day was the explore the Atom Bomb Museum so we didn't want to spend
a lot of time at lunch. The McDonalds in the train station looked
promising - it has the "Lighter Choices" menu we saw in Canada and has a
number of items unique to Japan, including my Tofu burger. Also
available was a pork burger and a chicken burger (beef burgers were in
the minority. After lunch, we caught the tram and rode over to the
memorial part of the city.
we got off the tram, the first thing we noticed was the A-bomb Dome -
the wreckage of the Industrial Promotion Hall that was very near to
ground zero. This one building is all (that we saw) that remains
of the damage from the blast - The area is now mostly museum and grounds
or well developed city.
Various memorials are found from the bus stop to the museum - the
Memorial for Children, the Memorial for Korean Victims and others.
These memorials have paper cranes symbolizing peace on or near them.
The Museum itself is somber, but gives a well balanced presentation in
both English and Japanese. Events leading up to the war and the bombing
are presented and Hiroshima's role in those events is detailed. The
Masacre at Nanking is mentioned. Several parts of the museum struck
home for me - one was the copies of letters sent by the Mayor of
Hiroshima to heads of state whenever nuclear test are performed. Walls
are covered with small copies of these letters and unfortunatly, the
letters keep coming - the latest letters to the United States were sent
just months before we arrived.
After leaving the museum we had a discussion about the nature of war,
weather the US should have dropped the bomb(s) and the continuing role
of nuclear arms. I'm glad we visited.
We spent the evening wandering
the tech district, and had Okinomiyaki for dinner. We
decided to walk back to our hotel (near the train station) and walked
few through a red light district - always a fun.
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