Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima is located on the largest of the Japanese islands – Honshu island. It is home to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome (A-Bomb Dome), which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, and is known as the most symbolic building in Hiroshima City – a symbol of peace.

Hiroshima is a breathtakingly beautiful city – incredibly peaceful and calming. The Peace Memorial Park is covered in roses, origami cranes, and monuments to represent those who lost their lives during WWII, and to represent the people’s prayer for peace. “By imagining the contrast between the misery of the atomic bomb attack and the beauty and tranquility in the park, we are moved to appreciate how precious peace is.”  (www.VisitHiroshima.net)

Another site to visit while in Hiroshima City is the castle. Hiroshima Castle was originally constructed in 1591 but was later destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945.  A replica was reconstructed in 1958 and its interior now serves as a museum.

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