The Hiroshima Peace Park is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack.
The Hiroshima Peace Park (広島平和記念公園) is a memorial park. It is dedicated to the legacy of Hiroshima as the first city in the world to suffer a nuclear attack, and to the memories of the bomb’s direct and indirect victims (of whom there may have been as many as 140,000). More than one million people each year visit this place.
The Hiroshima Peace Park contains a number of structures which are memorials or dedications to peace. This includes the following:
Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound
Cenotaph for Korean victims
Gates of Peace
Memorial Tower to the Mobilised Students
Pond of Peace
Peace Clock Tower
Monument of Prayer
Prayer Monument of Peace
Statue of Merciful Mother
Statue of a Prayer for Peace
The Figure of the Merciful Goddess of Peace
There are apparently many more memorials but I think you get the idea.
I particularly liked the Hall of Remembrance which has a 14,000 tile 360 degree panorama of Hiroshima after the blast. The Peace Bell somehow seems less impressive than the one in Cowra, possibly because it is overshadowed by far larger and more impressive monuments.
The cenotaph and the peace flame are obviously the centrepiece of the park. Most visitors try to take a picture of themselves here. We also found a few trees surviving the atomic blast in a corner of the park.
The Hiroshima Peace Museum can be quite confronting – we found it terribly crowded and quite hard to see some of the exhibits.
Shibuya is a major commercial and retail hub, but also famous for 3 things: Shibuya crossing (the world’s busiest pedestrian crossing), Hachiko the loyal dog, and Shibuya 109 (a fashion mecca for young girls).
Kamakura is a small town popular with tourists because of attractions such as the Hasedera temple located on a hill with great views of the town, the Great Buddha bronze statue and other temples and shrines.
We discovered the Sasuke Inari Shrine by accident while walking around in Kamakura. A set of bright red torii gates lead up a hill into a shrine full of statues of foxes and fox dwellings with families.
Huis Ten Bosch is a gigantic theme park in Sasebo (near Nagasaki) that is intended to be a mini version of Netherlands, including famous buildings such as the Huis Ten Bosch palace, Stadhuis and the Domtoren.
Kurashiki has a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period, when the city served as an important rice distribution center. In fact, “Kurashiki” roughly translates to “town of storehouses” in reference to the rice storehouses.
Chris Tham is a co-founder of Visual Voyager Pty Ltd, the Principal Voigtländer Ambassador for Mainline Photographics and a Workshop Instructor for Mainline Photo Academy.
She brings over 35 years of experience as a photographer to her role, starting with a Yashica rangefinder belonging to her dad, joining the Photography Club in school, and developing her own photos.
More recently, Chris has been taking photos during her travels, and as a result has experienced some of the most interesting places in the world.
Chris focuses on nature, street, and urban architecture subjects in her photography.