Photographer's Note

When I was at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum I saw hundred of little children on school excursions. Inside they looked with serious expressions at the twisted metal, the melted statues of Buddha and remnants of school uniforms- meagre yet damning reminders of the fate of their city and inhumanity of man.
With the current crisis in the nuclear rectors, I read that children are terrified and are afraid to play outside, no doubt remembering the horrible stories and exhibits that they might have seen on their school excursions.

In my photo you can see the attentive little souls as their teacher explains the significance of the site. The cenotaph is in front of them and in the distance you can see the “Atomic Dome.”

In1949, a design was selected for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, the closest surviving building to the location of the bomb's detonation, was designated the Genbaku Dome (原爆ドーム) or "Atomic Dome", a part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum was opened in 1955 in the Peace Park.

Between the Museum and the A-Bomb Dome is the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims. The Cenotaph is an arched tomb for those who died because of the bomb, either because of the initial blast or exposure to radiation. Below the arch is a stone chest holding a register of these names, of which there are over 220,000.

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