My Day in Hiroshima

DSC06026Eleven weeks ago today I stood in the very spot that the first (and god willing the last) A-bomb was dropped, killing 70,000 people instantly with numbers rising to 200,000 in subsequent days. During my trip in Japan I didn’t really know what I was going to find in Hiroshima. Today marked the 70th anniversary of that fateful day and I can’t begin to describe how much this place moved me having visited it and seen it with my own eyes.

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You might expect that it would be a miserable, grey city, shrouded in the sadness of a horrific event that ultimately ended world war 2. In complete contrast to the horror of war, Hiroshima is now dedicated to creating a beautiful and most importantly a peaceful place to be. One that will remind all those who visit to understand that war brings nothing but devastation and loss. It’s now a stunningly vibrant and exciting city, complete with beautiful champagne bars I might add. And to think – they thought nothing would even grow here for at least 50 years after the bomb.

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We went to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and the Museum which are packed full of stories that will bring you to tears. Still, the message remains clear – that humanity should never see such an act of evil again and in total defiance of such a tragedy – this city has thrived as the ultimate message of hope. If you ever go to Japan I encourage you to visit Hiroshima. It will surprise you, sadden you, but most of all inspire you.

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