This museum is located on the grounds of Peace Park and teaches visitors about what the city went through during the war. Unfortunately, it wasn’t open during my time there. On the four-year anniversary of the bombing, it was decided that the area, which is now the park, would not be rebuilt. Instead, it was redesigned into a memorial common space.
This memorial was designed in 1952 by a professor at the University of Tokyo who hoped to reconstruct Hiroshima as a city of peace. The roof was designed to resemble an ancient Japanese clay house to shelter the victims from inclement weather. Under the dome lies a stone that houses the list of names of the known victims that perished during the attack. Names can still be added when someone related to a deceased victim properly applies to add their name to the list. There are more than 290,000 names on the registry and a note for all the unknown individuals. Inscribed on the memorial is, “Let all the souls here rest in peace, for we shall not repeat the evil.”
Make sure you check out the Peace Bell and Children’s Monument also located in the park.
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