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Nichols Japan Trip -- Day 7

Day 7 (May 19) -- Hiroshima and Miyajima

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The Atomic Bomb Dome -- the preserved remains of a government building yards away from ground zero.

Hiroshima....very shocking. I never expected to feel so awkward at this place. As soon as I got off the trolley and saw the dome at the peace park, I saw more death, more fear, more destruction than I ever had. -JH

The remnants of the building have been kept intact as a reminder of what happened August 6, 1945.

Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students

This tower recalls middle school and older students who had been mobilized to help with the war effort in Hiroshima about a year before the atomic bomb attack. Many of those killed in the initial blast were children serving in munitions factories.

Base of the Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students

Children's Peace Monument inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki who hoped her radiation-induced lukemia might be cured by folding 1000 origami cranes

Children continue to bring paper cranes to this monument, many praying for world peace.

Peace Museum with the Flame of Peace in the foreground.

Looking through the Cenotaph-monument with the names of over 100,000 victims of the blast.

Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound where the cremated ashes of about 70,000 of the dead are buried.

Phoenix trees -- trees near ground zero that survived the blast, bearing burnt marks on one side.

What I enjoyed the most at the peace park was learning about the Phoenix trees and how they survived and grew back after the attack. I admire a lot the Japanese society for their Phoenix tree philosophy to outgrow the misery the war left on their lives, "rising from ashes." -JH

Peace Bell

There were hundreds of Japanese school children on field trips to the Peace Park. Quite a few came up to us and asked us to write in their journals our feelings about world peace. Many lined up to ring the peace bell.

After visiting the peace park, we went to Miyajima, an island off the coast of Hiroshima, which is accessible by ferry.

Itsukushima-jinja Torii -- "floating torii" that marks the seaward entrance to the shrine

Although the tide was low and we did not get to see Itsukushima-jinja "floating," we were able to walk out to it and see where people had embedded coins into its pillars as prayer offerings.

Itsukushima-jinja behind the great torii

Click here for  Days 1-2 -- Arriving in Tokyo and on to Kyoto

Click here for Day 3 -- First full day in Kyoto (May 15)

Click here for Day 4 -- Day trip to Nara (May 16)

Click here for Day 5 -- "Path of Philosophy" in Eastern Kyoto (May 17)

Click here for Day 6 -- Western and South Central Kyoto including Gion Corner (May 18)

Click here for Day 8 -- Free Day (May 20)

Click here for Days 9 & 10 -- Ise and Pearl Island (May 21-22)

Click here for Days 11 & 12 -- Tokyo to U.S.A. (May 23-24)


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