A walk in Hiroshima Peace Garden

Not every heart can stand

Not every heart can stand. Photo by Teoman Cimit

A must visit of Japan is the city of Hiroshima, if only your heart can stand. Hiroshima is probably the most famous city of Japan, because of a sad history of atomic bomb dating 6th August 1945, 8:15 am. With cheerfulness of the cherry blossom, there seems to be nothing wrong with the city itself, spring is spring all over the world. However, the peace park and the peace memorial museum makes your heart shrink.

Spring in Hiroshima

Spring in Hiroshima

The only building still standing since the bomb, now a symbol of Peace

The only building still standing since the bomb, now a symbol of Peace

Paper cranes are another symbol of peace

Paper cranes are another symbol of peace

For the ones who do not know the story, let me tell you why paper cranes are a symbol of peace. A little girl, called Sadako, cancer like thousands of others, after the bomb. In the hospital, she was told the Japanese traditional saying that if she made 1000 paper cranes, a wish of her would come true. Knowing that it was impossible to finish 1000 paper cranes, before her death, she started doing them. However, she only could do 644 paper cranes before her death. Her friends and family finished her target after her death. They did not only did her target of paper cranes, they started a campaign of peace throughout the world for peace. Now every year millions of paper cranes are made all around the world in memory of Sadako to be sent to Hisrohima, for peace.

Lovely pics made of paper cranes

Lovely pics made of paper cranes

Paper crane art is exhibited in the park, around the statue of Sadako

Paper crane art is exhibited in the park, around the statue of Sadako

More paper cranes

More paper cranes

Millions of them are sent from all over the world

Millions of them are sent from all over the world

At the peace park and the memorial museum, there are lot’s of information about before and after of the atomic bomb. How people could or could not survive. What happened to the walls, glass, trees and most importantly people. Not an easy place to visit, but worth to visit.

Memorial museum

Memorial museum. Photo by Teoman Cimit

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