Atomic Bomb Museum

Trip Start May 08, 2006
Trip End May 21, 2006

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Monday, May 15, 2006

After a full travel day on May 13, we made it over to Hiroshima. The next morning we visited the sites starting with the A-Bomb Dome. It is a preserved landmark and was the building directly below the bomb when it detonated. The structure is there but you can get a good sense of the destruction as the bricks are all in crumbles and the metal frames of the building are left partly melted.

From there we walked down the river and past the eternal flame they are keeping lit until there are no more nuclear weapons, to the museum. It was three floors and one of the most interesting museums we have seen. The beginning described many reasons why America dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. They did this without showing any discontent towards America, which was notable. After that there was a large section there to educate visitors on nuclear weapons - how many there are, how strong they are, who has them (Japan does not have any). The final section shows what happened in Hiroshima as a result of the bomb. There were many pictures and items that were found in the ruble. It was very intense, especially given that the recorded number of deaths was 140,000 in an instant, actually that was the death toll by December 1945. They also show the after effects including cancer that are still being studied to this day. It was an amazing museum and the strong message that pervaded was their goal to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The question on everyone mind: no, there is no more radiation in Hiroshima (Dangerous Radiation was gone within 5 days). As a matter of fact, the city has bounced back to be one of the most beautiful cities we have seen in Asia! It is incredibly green and lush and there are tons of rivers running thru it. They also keep it incredibly clean and you cannot go a block without there being some plaque or statue proclaiming Peace. It's an amazing city and was an intense yet important day.
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