“Let all the souls here rest in peace for we shall not repeat this evil”

Posts here in the next three days will detail my visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Atomic Bomb Museum. I found these places to be deeply moving and hard to forget. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the U.S. dropped the first nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The bomb killed 140,000 people, either directly or indirectly.

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Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, or the Atomic Bomb Dome as it is known now.
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Motoyasu River
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Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, or the Atomic Bomb Dome as it is known now.
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Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, or the Atomic Bomb Dome as it is known now.
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Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, or the Atomic Bomb Dome as it is known now.
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Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, or the Atomic Bomb Dome as it is known now.
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A fountain next to the Atomic Bomb Dome
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Motoyasu River

The building closest to the center of the blast that survived in some part is the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, which has been left in its damaged state as a memorial. The skeletal dome stands across the river from the rest of the memorial park and is a silent reminder to the destruction of August 6.

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Motoyasu River
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A memorial next to the Atomic Bomb Dome
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Motoyasu River
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A memorial next to the Atomic Bomb Dome
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A memorial next to the Atomic Bomb Dome
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Paper cranes donated at the memorial next to the Atomic Bomb Dome
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Detail of a relief on the memorial
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Detail of a relief on the memorial
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Motoyasu River
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The Rest House

The Rest House, across the river from the Atomic Dome, also survived the blast, though it was greatly damaged in the attack. This art deco building was a Kimono Shop before it became the Fuel House during the war. Today it serves as a tourist information center and houses offices.

Title quote: the “spirit of Hiroshima” as noted on an inscription in the Peace Park

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