Of course I am going there to see where the first atomic bomb was dropped. I slept that night in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese style room. You sleep on the floor, it is covered by a bambo mat. My hotel wasn't a true ryokan, but rather a hotel that was converted into a ryokan style. The bad thing is of course it's not 100% authentic, the good thing is it's really only that walls that weren't authentic so I can't hear my neighbors snore and they can't hear me snore.
Moving on to the main parts of the memorial...
This is the Memorial Cenotaph, designed to be like ancient Japanese burial mounds. Underneath the arch is a stone coffin holding all the names of japanese bomb victims and victims of the bomb's aftermath.
The Flame of Peace, this flame is from the actual fire of the bomb. It has been kept burning since August 6, 1945 and will continue to burn until the last nuclear weapon has been dismantled.
This twisted building is the A-bomb dome, built in 1914. It has been kept in the state it was left in from the bombing as a reminder of what happened.
Just north of the monument is a statue of a little girl, Sasaki Sadako who became ill with leukaemia in 1955. At the age of 12 she believed that if she was able to fold 1000 cranes she would be cured. She did not make it. Moved her classmates continued folding cranes for her and went on to build this monument to the children that were victims of the bomb or the aftermath of it's radiation.
I'm usually not the biggest fan of museums, but the Hiroshima Peace Museum is really worth going to. It contains the history of events that lead up to the bombing, pictures of the bombing and it's aftermath, drawings by victims, accounts of the event by victims, and models of the event itself. It's really extremely powerful.
Drawings by the survivors of the A-Bomb... the girl on the left is digging up the remains of her father..... how horrible.
"Hell on Earth" -- a picture taken of survivors shortly after the bomb.
Tricycle from the bomb... an awful story. This tricycle belonged to a three year old boy who died from the blast. Their parents thought he would be lonely in a grave so they buried him close to their house along with his tricycle. Years later they dug up the tricycle and donated it to the museum.
Also made a quick stop by Hiroshima Castle before they closed that day.