Today is the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. When we were in Japan this spring, we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park located at Ground Zero (also called the Hypocentre) where the bomb hit.
I chose to spend my time there outside, exploring the large and beautiful Memorial Park which was full of trees, flowers and families picnicking under the cherry blossoms. The park both memorializes the dead and expresses Japan's hope for a nuclear-free world of everlasting peace.
This is the memorial cenotaph to the victims who died that day --
This is the famous Industrial Promotion Hall which alone miraculously withstood the blast despite being only 160 metres (175 yards) from the Hypocentre. It has been left in ruins to remind people of the bombing.
The building is now often simply called the A-Bomb Dome.
This burial mound in the centre of the park is a mass grave of the cremated remains that were able to be recovered from Ground Zero. It is protected by a fence and surrounded by flowers, lanterns and peace prayer sticks.
There are many profoundly moving statues in the park. I will do other posts about them at another time. Today I will simply post a photo of the park's statue of Kwan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and Compassion.
[All photos by Debra She Who Seeks]