lens-artists photo challenge #102 – a quiet moment

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”
Bangambiki Habyarimana

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.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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.”
Jason Medina

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.”
Albert Einstein

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.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #102: A Quiet Moment

18 thoughts on “lens-artists photo challenge #102 – a quiet moment

  1. You can’t imagine being involved in, and responsible for so many deaths, Vivi. Our scientists are working the clock round to find a solution to Covid-19 at the minute!

    • Jo, we are in a war now … I hope that they are not rushing those vaccines … so it all goes terrible wrong. I think there is 9 different development going on around the world. I’m afraid they will cut corners and some of us has to pay the price later on in life.
      War doesn’t make people a shame for their actions … it bring out the worst in people. Terrible what happened in Japan, but it’s still going on around the world, people being killed for no real reason.

      • I know! I’m not at all keen to use a vaccine, Vivi. Who knows where that will lead? For most of us we can roll the dice with the virus… but there’s always a price to pay. You need to stay safe, darlin 🙂 🙂

      • Jo, nothing wrong with vaccine … I have taken the flu vaccine for nearly 15 years … and nothing has happened to me. Hopefully, because I’m the highest risk group … we over 60+ will get it first. I will be there the first day.

  2. I was a small child when these two bombs fell. It seemed that all our problems were now ended . . . and then I grew up ! A beautiful reminder – than you !

    • Eha, we should never forget … because the pain and destruction those bomb caused and still do. Even if I personal doubt there will be a nuclear war … I think we should fear biological war instead, only a little bottle emptied in a water reservoir and then you can just walk in and take over a big city. The memorial park is such beautiful place to visit … and it gives you calm and quietness. Thank you for your lovely comment.

      • I am by no means a paranoid person . . . yet am bot certain biological warfare, even if accidentally, has not reached us . . .

      • It was used by Japan during the WWII over China (rat pest) ,,,, and I have my personal thoughts regarding COVID-19, Ebola and AIDS. Very personal with any proof.

    • Patti, of course, you will visit the memorial .. one day. We took a fantastic bus company from Kyoto to Hiroshima, it took a couple of hours, but what a journey. Pink busses and the driver stopped every 2 hours at some nice place … where toilets were spotless and great shops. WILLER TRAVEL – they have luxury pink buses. And you have to visit The floating O-torii and Itsukushima Shrine at Miyajima Island .. take the ferry from the memorial park and stay overnight in a Japanese Guesthouse (Ryokan). I fell in love with Hiroshima, a very quiet city (even if very busy and loads of traffic) … with loads of dignity. A Pleasure to share.

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