Peace Memorial Park
Peace Memorial Park (completed in 1950 and known as Peace Park) is
located roughly in the middle of Hiroshima City on the delta which spreads
south from the junction of the Honkawa and Motoyasu Rivers. There were
some 700 stores and houses with as many as 2,600 residents. They were all
destroyed and killed in an instant by a single A-bomb. In 1950, Hiroshima City
decided to build a park there, praying for eternal world peace.
In the park, there are peace related facilities such as the International Conference
Center Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Museum (also known as the A-bomb
Museum), and Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb
Victims. You can also see many peace monuments there, including the Cenotaph
for the A-bomb Victims, the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound, the A-bomb
Dome, the Children's Peace Monument and the Memorial Tower to the
Mobilized Students. Peace Park is the site for a number of peace events,
among which the most notable is the Peace Memorial Ceremony held annually on
Peace Park has become the starting point for world peace. Pope John Paul
II and Mother Theresa have visited the park to say their prayers at the
Cenotaph. A lot of people come to visit Peace Park from both Japan and overseas every year.
Peace Memorial Park (Photograph taken circa 1994)
The trees inside the park were given from all over the world in accordance with a tree offering campaign whose slogan was "to make Hiroshima the green city".Among these trees, the oleanders are considered flowers of the city as the symbol of revival, since they come into full bloom in red and white during summer (August 6 is the A-bomb Memorial Day).
In the park, you can also see the aogiri trees (sultan parasols) that survived the A-bomb.