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Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

70 years ago, US B-29 bomber called Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima which ended World War II. At least 70,000 people were killed on the day and many more later died caused from the radiation. War is never a great thing and I hope all the world leaders learnt from this. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matusi and US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, were at the Memorial Park for the commemoration ceremony in Japan today. This is a tribute from me to the people of Hiroshima and Japan. The following video clip was recorded when I was in Hiroshima early this May. There was a group of school kids singing in front of the Children’s Peace Monument, honouring and paying their respect to all the children who died from the bombing. They sang beautifully and it was a heartfelt moment. The song is called “Furusato” means old home or hometown. (Thanks Yoci!)

This monument stands in the memory of all the children who died as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The monument was originally inspired by the death of Sadako Sasaki, who was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb at the age of two. Ten years later Sadako developed leukemia that ultimately ended her life. Sadako’s untimely death compelled her classmates to begin a call for the construction of a monument for all children who died due to the atomic bomb. Built with contributions from more than 3200 schools in Jaoan and donors in nine countries, the Children’s Peace Monument was unveiled on May 5, 1958.

When diagnosed with leukemia, Sadako spent her time in a nursing home where she tried to fold 1,000 paper cranes.  There are stories where she only folded 644 and her family and friends helped with the rest.  And another story told by her brother Masahiro Sasaki saying that she had folded approximately 1,300 paper cranes.

This is a photo that I took of the Atomic Bomb Dome or Genbaku Domu. This building is the only structure left standing near where the bomb was dropped.

Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome

World Peace. V.

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