Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Hiroshima: genbaku*

Atomic Bomb Dome
Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Atomic Bomb Dome)

Hypocenter

Hypocenter - The atomic bomb exploded approx. 600 meters directly above this point, about 150 meters away from the dome.

Memorial Cenotaph


*genbaku is the Japanese for 'atomic bomb'

11 comments:

  1. What a remarkable photo, Wow! These photos give me chills, I can't imagine what it must have been for the survivors....

    Thank-you so much for sharing

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  2. Such beautiful and peaceful pictures for such a horrible thing...

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  3. A tragic event that should never happen again.
    Very nice photo of the memorial.

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  4. I visited the museum and was speechless.

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  5. Madeleine- It must've been so awful. If you do read 'Black Rain' you'll certainly get a better idea of what it was like. I have some more photos that I'll share soon.

    Janet- What is now the Peace Park is exactly that, peaceful.

    quintarantino- I really like how they designed the memorial cenotaph to frame the dome and the memorial flame (which you can't really see in the picture).

    Grace- There were quite a lot of people there the day we went but it was pretty quiet, especially in the second part.

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  6. Hi tanabata :)

    i received BLACK RAIN today. I have 2 books I am reading, as soon as I am finished i will start reading it. A little at the tim so.

    The fact that I will read this book between other more joyful novels makes me think...they lived that life.....almost unbelievble if I didn't have this mushroom cloud embeded in my mind.

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  7. Those are such powerful images.

    This is sort of related, but sorta not. Have you ever seen the picture book Hiroshima, No Pika? It's a really powerful portrayal of the atomic bomb explosion. I always use it in classes to illustrate to students the power in a picture book. How does one handle such an overwhelming and horrific event in regards to children, etc. The illustrations are striking and the book is incredibly touching.

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  8. Those are impressive in so many different ways. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Madeleine- I read it pretty slowly. I think it's probably good to balance it out with other happier stories.

    Andi- No I haven't seen or even heard of that picture book but I'm going to go look it up. Thanks.

    Nymeth- You're welcome. :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing the photos, Tanabata. It's such a sad place, I imagine, even as peaceful as it looks in the photos. I hate how cruel we humans can be towards each other.

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  11. Wendy- It is sad but in the rest of the city you'd never know what happened so I suppose it's good to have this place serve as a reminder.

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