Patti’s topic ” A Quiet Moment” – beautiful!
My thought went straight away to my visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park ( (広島平和記念公園) in 2015. I visited the park 3 times during my 5 days.
“The atomic bomb was created with the destruction of men in mind”
The park is there in memory of the victims of the nuclear attack on August 6, 1945, at about 8:15am Japanese time. The code name of the bomb was “Little Boy.”
The location of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was once the city’s busiest downtown commercial and residential district. The park was built on an open field that was created by the explosion.
“Non-violence … is the only thing that the atom bomb cannot destroy.”
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was planned and designed by the Japanese Architect Kenzō Tange at Tange Lab and open in 1954.
A tranquil green space between two rivers that was once the site of an unprecedented tragedy. The park covers approximately 122,100 square meters..
“In the end, dropping a nuke caused more problems than it solved.”
The purpose of the Peace Memorial Park is to not only memorialize the victims but also to establish the memory of nuclear horrors and advocate world peace.
In the park, there is a memorial for every religion of the victims.
“If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
I would have torn up my formula in 1905.”
The A-Bomb Dome is the skeletal ruins of the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It is the building closest to the hypocenter of the nuclear bomb that remained at least partially standing. It was left how it was after the bombing in memory of the casualties
The stone chamber at the centre houses the registry of the names of deceased A-bomb victims, regardless of nationality. Names are added when a person related to a deceased victim makes an application. As of August 6, 2016, the registry comprises 111 volumes, including 110 volumes with 303,195 names and one with the words, “Many victims with their names unknown.”
“Let all the souls here rest in peace,
for we shall not repeat the evil.”
The monument inscription
The song “Ippon no enpitsu” (If I am a pencil), lyrics by Zenzou Matsuyama and music by Masaru Sato, sung by Hibari Misora, the famous Japanese singer, at the Hiroshima Peace Music Festival in April 1974. It’s a song about a young woman’s last thoughts to her lover after the bomb been dropped. She wishes for a pen so she could write down her thoughts to him.