Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Travelog: Reminiscing Hiroshima

Wednesday, 4 June 2014




It has been a year since I left Hiroshima, looking at all the photos in my hard disk reminisced me about the peaceful atmosphere that I ever had here. Unfortunately, during that time, I wasn't an active blogger yet, even updating status or uploading photos on facebook was not my style. My friends kept telling to upload all the photos, but I guess I just be myself, lazy girl. Then, until today, I just feel like wanna share some pictures from this beautiful place, Hiroshima. As most of you remember, the atomic bomb was dropped here during WWII by United States Army Air Forces(USAAF) led by Enola Gay.


google maps: Peace Memorial Park(red); Genbaku Dome(blue)

During my stay in Japan, me and my other 4 Kizuna's member stayed in the university's guesthouse. Almost every week, I will go to Peace Memorial Park to loosen myself. From my university it only takes around 34 minutes by bus and since our official Kizuna meeting place was in JOCA's office, which not that far from the park, I will always took a chance to go to the park or wandering around the Hondori Street.


only 4.9 km, walking from university to the park is common

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Basically when you come to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, you will in <one-go> of visiting so many places and monuments. For the suggestion, spend one day at this park and you'll able to appreciate everything here. There are volunteer tourist guide that can provide the tour in English for free but I think you have to book it first. 

So for the tour, I suggest to visit the museum first, the entry fee is 500 yen but if you're student, I think the price is only half of it. There is also a souvenirs shop inside the museum but little bit pricey and if you just wanna go to the shop, tell the receptionist, she/he will give you a special tag without having to pay the entry fee. They also provide the translator device with earphone but you have to ask for it when you pay the entry fee.


1. The Museum

The area before the bomb was dropped
Aftermath
Some of the interactive devices have multiple languages including Bahasa Melayu >-<
NOW
The park during autumn
I think I was so lucky because I was here during summer, autumn and winter. The autum scenery was very breathtaking. 

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2. The Memorial Cenotaph

The Memorial Cenotaph was one of the first memorial monuments built on open field on August 6, 1952. The arch shape represents a shelter for the souls of the victim.

during end of summer
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3. Peace Flame


The Peace Flame has it own symbolic meaning. The flame has burnt continuously since it was lit in 1964, it will remain lit until all the nuclear abolish in this planet.




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4. A-Bomb Dome/Genbaku Dome


The A-Bomb Dome is the building closest to the hypocenter of nuclear bomb. If I was not mistaken, at first, the people in Hiroshima wanted to abolish the dome because it remind them the tragedy but after census was held majority wanted to keep this building as it can show the world the cruelty of the nuclear bomb. This A-Bomb Dome was on UNESCO World Heritage list.

This situation also happened in Miyagi where tsunami had washed away everything in the town and we can see how strong the waves when a big ship standed in the middle of the town. The residents were arguing whether to keep the ship or not. A census was held and from 65,000 residents only 14,008 responded, with less than 70% percent choose "no need to preserved the ship". 

I also had a chance to visit this ship in 2012 before it was removed


Memorial Tower


Sometimes, if you come to this area, you will see some elders sitting around with this kind of placards. If I was right, most of them are the hibakusha(the victim of A-bombed)





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5. The Children's Peace Monument

This monument is based on the real story of Sadako Sasaki who died because of the radiation from the bomb. I had post a story of Sadako Sasaki. you can check it out for further information.



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6. Around the Park

There are lot of monuments and statues around the park including the memorial for Korean that were brought to Japan by Japanese army.





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7. The Rest House

The Rest House is another building that survived during the A-bombed. This building is built as Taishoya Kimono shop in March 1929 and was used as fuel distribution station during the shortage of fuel began in June 1944. 36 people died in this building and only one man survived, Eizo Nomura, 47 who was in the basement. He survived into his 80's.

Now this building was used as a cafe and souvenirs shop. You can ask for the shopkeeper to visit the basement where Eizo Nomura was survived.

the basement where Eizo Nomura was found


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8. The Peace Memorial Hall



The Peace Memorial Hall was built by the Japanese National Government in order to remember the atomic bomb victims. They also keep the record of the victims(picture/name/age/etc) but no picture allowed in that area in order to respect the family of the victims.








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5 comments:

  1. A very informative posting and amazing photos. Thank you also for the links :)

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    1. and thank you for visiting my blog. :D

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  2. kalau masa winter, mesti cantik kan?
    wah.. siap ada translation dalam bahasa melayu.. :)

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  3. Sangeetha Delampady3 July 2014 at 10:38

    Nice pics! *______*

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