MARCH 12, 2020
Going to NAGASAKI’S PEACE PARK, we got off Ohashi Station instead of Peace Park. We decided to start at the end of the park then walk our way towards A-Bomb Museum.
Our first encountered monument was the Peace Statue which symbolized a lot of meanings:
- Right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons
- Left hand symbolizes tranquility and world peace
- Sturdy physique embodies divine omnipotence and love
- Closed eyes express prayer for the repose of the souls of all war victims
- Right leg is for quiet meditation
- Left leg is poised for action in assisting humanity
There was also a bell tower with a horrific account of a survivor from the atomic bombing in 1945…
Other monuments / statues in the park were gifted by different countries as an act of grief and prayer to never experience the tragedy of nuclear weapons ever again.
Similar to Hiroshima, Nagasaki’s Peace Park also had its Fountain of Peace.
Near the park was the HYPOCENTER OF ATOMIC BOMB. There were info sheets detailing the tragedy that happened in 1945. The original remnant wall of Urakami Cathedral was also placed here.
They also encased stones that were damaged by the atomic bomb which served as proof that even sturdy materials were not spared by the explosion and radiation. Another grim reminder on the horrible effects of nuclear weapon.