Hiroshima Peace Park is an extensive memorial to victims of the first atomic
bomb, detonated August 6, 1945. When we visited (in December, 1998),
I was struck by the irony that the U.S. was simultaneously dropping bombs
on another country half a world away. The Mayor of Hiroshima regularly
sends letters protesting nuclear testing; the two most recent, dated the
second week of December, were posted to Russia and the U.S.
The A-bomb Dome remains a stark reminder of the results of the atomic
Karen took pictures, too.
The Children's Peace Monument is
draped with thousands of origami paper cranes