A two hour run to Hiroshima from Kyoto by Bullet Train. Upon arrival the sign says Red Shuttle #2 will arrive at Peace Memorial Park. By mistake we jump on the Red Bus #2 not thinking it wasn’t a Shuttle..Yikes! We keep asking the driver are we heading to Peace Memorial Park. He keeps nodding yes. He can’t understand us and we can’t understand him. That’s Travel. Half hour later we get off the Bus and catch a cab.
Peace Memorial Park- Atomic Dome
The Park is peaceful and heartbreaking. We takes a photo of each other in front of the Atomic Dome. Impossible to smile. This is the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.
Tears are hard to control. The tribute was inspired due to a little 10 year girl who lost her life due to the radiation. She created 1000 paper cranes, hoping her wish would save her life. Now the Paper Crane has become a symbol of World Peace.
Flame of Peace
Designed by Kenzo Tange in 1964 in hope of a world without nuclear weapons. The flame will continue to burn until nuclear weapons are abolished worldwide. The pedestal was designed in the image of two hands pressed together and palms open up toward the sky.
So sad and grueling.
Certainly, nothing to smile about.
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