It's difficult to hear the name Hiroshima and not contemplate the world-defining moment when the first atomic bomb was dropped and the devastating effects this had on Japan. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum stands as a poignant reminder of this event with a heart-breaking collection of relics saved from the city during the aftermath including a watch that stopped at precisely the moment the bomb dropped and ragged clothes belonging to both adults and young children. Confronting, upsetting and touching, the museum is the best way to get a handle on an event that changed world history.Read More
As one of the few buildings to be left standing after the bomb, the Atomic Bomb Dome has been preserved as a memorial to peace. Little more than a hole-ridden shell, it receive World Heritage Status from UNESCO in 1996 and has become a symbol for Hiroshima and all that it stands for. At the Children's Peace Monument, thousands of colourful paper cranes mark the life of Sadako Sasaki, who was just a young child at the time of the bomb and later died of leukaemia but not before starting the paper crane project with the belief that reaching 1000 cranes might save her life.
Despite its tragic past, Hiroshima is now a thriving city which has risen phoenix‐like from the ashes. Other attractions in Hiroshima include Hiroshima Castle and the baseball stadium. Shukkei‐en Garden is well worth an afternoon stroll with a number of tea houses dotted about the grounds. The Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art contains some wonderful paintings by both Japanese and Western artists.
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