Hiroshima needs no introduction to most people. History made sure of it.

This city was the first military target of a nuclear weapon in human history.

 It occurred on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 am. Most of Hiroshima was destroyed, and by the end of the year 200,000 had died as a result of the blast and its effects. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) serves as a memorial of the bombing.

Though it has a sad history, there are lots to celebrate. The city could have been abandoned or remains impoverished, but it rebounded to become a city of over 1.8 million people; it shows the resilience of the hardworking Japanese people. 

Hiroshima is a beautiful city sitting on a delta, surrounded by mountains on three sides and the Hiroshima Bay. Known as the City of Seven Rivers, the city has 105 bridges and one is never far from the waters. With over 400 quays and docks, water taxis are a common sight. In addition to taking tourists, boats are used by local people going to school or to work.

A-bomb Dome (ruins of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall)
Children’s Peace Monument
Bell of Peace
Flame of Peace
Flame of Peace
Pond of Peace
The names and photos of the victims of the atomic bombing are registered here to honour their memory and the reality of how many were perished here. We watched a short film “A Blank in the Weather Map: The Hiroshima of the Weather Experts”
Looking out from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum after a somber walk through the exhibits, information, and photographs of pre-war and from the bombing. Views of the Memorial Cenotaph, Peace Flame, and A-Bomb Dome. Everything lines up in a straight line in the centre of Hiroshima.

There are more museums and monuments on this 30 acre park that we don’t include here. It will take more than a one-day visit to see it all in details and to absorb the information. It took us two days and we went through them quickly in certain areas.

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