A visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dōmu)

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing.

It was established in August 1955 ten years after the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki using the nuclear weapons by US during the final stage of World War II in 1945. After the surrender of Nazi Germany on 8th May, together with the UK and Republic of China, US called for the surrender of Japan threatening with a prompt and utter destruction. Delayed decision-making on the part of Japanese Govt, resulted an attack by American Airmen on Hiroshima and Nagasaki between 6th to 9th August.

Within the first two to four months of the bombing, around 246000 people were killed in both the cities and large number of people died during the following months from the effect of burns, radiation-sickness and other injuries compounded by illness. After 5 days Japan signed the treaty of surrender which ended the War. The bombing led post-war Japan to adopt three Non-Nuclear-principles forbidding the nation from Nuclear armaments

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing. Not only is it a stark and powerful symbol of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; it also expresses the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

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A-Bomb Dome is the only structure partially survived in the area around the Atomic explosion epicenter as the bomb was detonated in the air and the blast was directed more downward than sideways. It is in a largest business district next to the AIOI Bridge, one of the six rivers in Hiroshima and was primarily used for the arts and educational exhibitions basically an industrial promotional hall. This Memorial is the combination of four monuments A Bomb Dome,Hiroshima Peace memorial Park , Cenotaph and Hiroshima peace Memorial Museum. that displays the atomic bomb s horrible effects on the city and its inhabitants.

It had become the subject of controversy either to be preserved or to be demolished. Ultimately the remains were preserved to commemorate a symbol of peace and was named as Hiroshima Peace Memorial Dome, now commonly known as the Genbaku, or A-bomb Dome. It is said that first Mayor of Hiroshima Shinzo Hamai (1905-1968) sought funds for preserving this dome. hevirtually went to the streets of Tokyo to ask people for raising the funds. Later in 1996 、it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its inclusion into UNESCO list was based on its survival from a destructive force (atomic bomb), the first use of nuclear weapons on human population, and importantly its representation as a symbol of peace. for the World

Between the museum and the Atomic Bomb Dome stands the memorial Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb victims which displays the true account of events and list of the victims who were killed by the explosion or died due to the bombing`s long-term effects such as cancer caused by radiation. Every year hibakusha ,A-bomb survivors who died are added in the list on 6th August. It is a heart touching memorial of those who perished on that infamous day for every one,who visit this place.

Hiroshima Memorial Park located in the city is triangle-shaped piece of land bordered by two rivers and a busy commercial and residential down town area. It was designed by Kenzo Tange in 1954, a well laid with few thoughtful sculptures, fountains , Phoenix and Cherry blossom trees, fitting tribute to so many people who lost their lives. The beauty and tranquility of park with the remains of the dead people moves visitors to appreciate how peace is precious.

It is perfectly designed to inform, educate and remember the tragic events that took place and tribute to the people who lost their lives. It is well-preserved and well protected from the onslaughts of the natural calamities with regular repairs and necessary measures. It hold the Hiroshima Peace Memorial ceremony every year on 6th August. Speeches of PM, Mayor and local children representatives are given and one minute silence to pay homage to dead ones. In the evening Small lantern are lit and floated on the Motoyasu river in remembrance of those who lost their lives. Fire in the lantern is called EMBERS OF THE ATOMIC BOMB



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