You see it in photos and textbooks but it gaws at you when the real thing is right in front of your face. The first thing we saw was the A-bomb Dome which was the only building to survive the blast near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb.
The museum started off with showing the lead up to the bomb, the after-mass and what had been done from then till the present. Hiroshima’s strong message was echoing throughout the exhibition – that nuclear weapons and humanity cannot coexist together, for world peace a global effort is required to abolish nuclear weapons.
Each mayor of Hiroshima has written a letter in protest each time a nuclear test had been conducted but hundreds of these appeals have been ignored throughout the years.
The final exhibition upstairs displayed the devastation and consequences of the atomic bomb – this hit home the hardest and left you wanting to cuddle up in blankets. Stories of children being able to make their way home with parents taking care of them all night to only pass away in their arms the next day. Having read 10 similar versions but for different children made my heart smash into little pieces. It is the images that I find hard to forget – a child’s charred tricycle, the effects of radiation on the human body with displays of human body parts, a recreation of what it was like after the atomic bomb with blood and melted skin dripping from people.
One of the most unforgettable pieces is the shadow in the wall where a person was instantly obliterated. The dark outline was the place the person was sitting in front of the bank.
Shadow in the Wall
The Children’s Peace Monument was inspired by Sadako Sasaki who attempted to fold 1000 cranes to overcome leukaemia after developing it from exposure to the atomic bomb’s radiation.
Children’s Peace Monument
Walking out of the museum we stumbled upon the memorial mound which was made from the ashes of the tens of thousand of people from the disaster.
Even a year later I can’t begin to describe the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum – it is a confronting and an emotionally draining experience. It’s one of those things that resonates with you – powerful, devastating but amazing to see how Hiroshima had faced this adversity and are trying to spread their message to the world.