Hiroshima Peace Park Panoramas

February 8, 2012

I made a short research trip to Hiroshima, Japan a few months ago to have a look at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park & Museum. While there, I took over 1500 photographs in a course of two days! Recently, I was introduced to the image stitching software AutoStitch by my friend laughing bandit. If I had known about this before, I would have taken more photos (or at least different photos) at Hiroshima. Anyway, by fluke I was able to find a few photos that I could stitch together – have a look at the results!

Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound

The Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound is also a place for contemplation, prayer, and remembrance. This mausoleum was erected as a place where unidentified remains from around the city could be brought and collectively mourned. With over 70,000 cremated remains and ashes of A-Bomb victims stored in the underground vault under this mound, this place is home to many lost souls since the A-Bomb. Efforts are still made to identify and give back remains to surviving family members. Every year since 1945, a memorial service is held at this site on the anniversary of the atomic bombing.

National Peace Memorial Hall for the A-Bomb Victims

The National Peace Memorial Hall for the A-Bomb Victims is home to The Hall of Remembrance within.

The Hall of Remembrance allows peaceful consideration of the victims, a place to pray for peace, and a shrine-like quality that forces us to confront the past and come in contact with the tragedy of August 6th, 1945, in order to renew vows of peace for the future. And the fountain in the center marks the time of the bombing, 8:15am, and the water that flows from it is dedicated to A-Bomb victims who died of thirst, crying out for water.

Twelve wooden pillars hold the structure together, symbolizing how present lives are interconnected to the lives in the past. The Hall of Remembrance acts as a solemn and quiet place to ponder the events of the nuclear bomb attack on Hiroshima and how this incident changed lives forever – by bringing humankind into the global nuclear age.

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One Response to “Hiroshima Peace Park Panoramas”


  1. […] It’s not the first time I’ve visited Hiroshima. In fact, I Hiroshima and the Himeji Castle have long been two of my all-time favorite places to visit in Japan! If you haven’t been, I’d highly recommend both! I even posted photos of the Hiroshima Memorial Park on this very blog back in 2012 (see here). […]

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