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“A Place To Reflect”

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
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“A Place To Reflect”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

A beautiful Memorial Park which through its various exhibits contained within, tells the story of the day in 1945 when the Atomic Bomb exploded and how that day and the lives of those killed or otherwise affected are remembered.

Visited July 2013
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“A place that end world war 2 in Pacific”
Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

Well, I have been watching discovery channel and read history book since teenager. That's it, this peace park where little boy was dropped 600m above the dome end all suffering. It is a place that remind the world about horrible things about War. You must spend at least 10min staring at the dome. An icon that create human history that no one shall forget on the stupidity of War.

Visited June 2013
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Perth Australia
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“Beautiful and peaceful - very reflective”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stunning park!!! So well maintained, peaceful, educational, overwhelming. So much beauty and peace that came from such an ugly and awful world changing event. The mound where the ashes were was very sad. Loved how monuments lined up so you can see from the Plaza area (the Dome, the Arch with flame).
We rang the Peace Bell when leaving and loved the pond that was full of little frogs.
You can take hours strolling around here as its so beautiful and quiet.

Visited May 2013
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Bartonville, Texas
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I was underwhelmed by the whole thing. I agree it was a terrible thing that happened, but the “victim” was not Hiroshima or it citizens who supported the war effort. There seems to be a feeling in the explanations that it was unnecessary and the fault of President Truman trying to “trump” the Soviet Union. There is little mention of the Japanese war effort and the fact that just before the bombing, the War Government had called for 100 million “honorable deaths” to defend the mainland. No mention of Naking, and just passing reference to the military war machine that caused the problem in the first place. I had no feelings like when I was at Dachau in Germany where many were put to death. That was a real tragedy. War is terrible, and you should avoid it at all costs. I wonder what Japanese school children are taught about the war. This makes me believe they are not taught the facts.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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“An absolutely must see location”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We traveled to Hiroshima specifically to go the park and museum. The park itself is amazing with an eternal flame that will be put out when there are no nuclear weapons. In other words it will never go out. They have a special ceremony there in August on the anniversary of the bomb being dropped.
There is a special statue for a young girl who died years after the bomb dropped. She came down with leukemia from the radiation and attempted to fold 1000 cranes to have her wish granted of being cured. Unfortunately she died at around 700 cranes so school children over the years have folded thousands of cranes in these glass cabinets for display.
The museum itself is very very thought provoking. Definitely spend the 300¥ to buy the audio information. The first half was information and history. Nothing sanitized about what the Japanese did during the war. The second half was completely different. Stories abound about the effects of the radiation and parents desperately looking for their kids. Remnants of melted beams and numerous very graphic pictures of the radiation burns. It was too much for my daughter who started to cry and had to step out. She is 16. She had the same response at the Holocaust museum in DC. I would be lying if I did not admit that I was sniffling as well.
This will change anyone and an absolute must do if you visit Japan.

Visited July 2013
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