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Friday, 12 August 2011

Hiroshima - city of peace

A Bomb Dome

Peace Monument

Epicentre of the atomic bomb

Peace Lanterns

Peace Cranes
Our visit to Hiroshima coincided with the 66th anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.  It was a very moving time to visit the city.  Many people had gathered in the peace park to pay their respects and join in the peaceful protests of hope of a nuclear free world.  At 8.15 am on 6th August 2011 the peace bell rang out to signify the time the bomb dropped 66 years ago.  The noisy park was struck silent as people bowed their heads in respect.  Later the Mayor of Hiroshima spoke his message for peace and white doves were released.  Later that evening thousands of peace lanterns with handwritten messages of peace were released to float hopefully down the river past the A Bomb Dome.  As we walked through the peace park people were quietly queuing at one of the monuments to pay their respects, a Buddhist ceremony was taking place, survivors families holding a candlelit vigil.  It was very powerful and something that will remain with us for the rest of our days.

What is striking about Hiroshima is the peace message that is so strongly campaigned for.  The Mayor will send a letter to every country that  carries out an atomic test.  Asking for reconsideration and an end to such destructive activities.  Local high school children canvas for signatures to stop nuclear tests and nuclear power.  Hiroshima has a hope that by 2020 all nuclear weapons will be disarmed.  The mayor is asking for mayors of peace from around the world to help make this possible.  I hope they will succeed.

1 comment:

  1. Many thanks for the post Bev.
    Am currently in the midst of the chaotic craziness that is Confirmation and Clearing but the dignity of the Japanese puts everything into perspective with their prospects of peace.
    Must be amazing.
    Happy travelling and thank-you for sharing!