All That Remains
Okay, picking up where I left off 5 months ago…
I had a week off in the last week of December 2013 (our office closes for the New Year) so I decided to venture further to other parts of Japan. My destination – Hiroshima. If you remember your history lessons in school, then you will remember Hiroshima, the first city to be devastated by the atomic bomb. I’ve always been quite the history buff so this is something right down my alley.
Today, Hiroshima is just like any other modern Japanese city – tall buildings, an extensive public transportation network, convenience stores everywhere, etc. One of the few reminders of that fateful morning on Aug 6, 1945 is this building, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Formerly used as an exhibition hall, this was one of the few buildings that remained standing after the bomb because the detonation took place almost directly above the building. Since I visited during winter, some of the trees were barren and I thought they would make a good addition to the photo to give it a desolate atmosphere.
Next I visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (which is just a stone’s throw away from the memorial building). The museum highlights the history that led to the dropping of the bomb and the science behind the destruction and effects of the bomb. Though perhaps the most engaging is the extensive collection of items owned by the bomb victims, each with a depressing story to tell.
I’m not going to say much about how I feel about World War 2. After all, it’s a highly complex sequence of events and hey, this is supposed to be a photography cum travel blog anyway. But I will highly recommend everyone to visit the museum (seriously, add it to your bucket list). Yeah, it’s rather depressing but I think it’s a good experience… and a good reminder that we should not take for granted the peace we’ve enjoyed in recent decades.