I'm not sure what to say about Hiroshima as its history is very well known.  What you may not know is there is a Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park which houses many monuments and buildings.  Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was a very thought provoking visit.  I found myself just thinking about what it would have been like, not necessarily to be there, but to see the aftermath of the the bomb exploding and just seeing an entire city burning for hours and hours.

A curved mirror I thought was neat.

You can see Ashley got her Starbuck's and another city mug!

The Peace "Watch" Tower

At 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945 time stopped in Hiroshima.

Hiroshima before the A-bomb. It was a city known for its education, but also housed a large number of Japanese military personel.

The target was the T-bridge in the center of the city.

The model after the A-bomb.

A model of the city with a 200m in diameter fireball 1 second after detonation nearly 600m from the surface.

The weather was not so good all day long, in the foreground is the Peace Memorial Park and in the background is the A-Bomb Dome.

The A-Bomb Dome is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I think this was a memorial to teachers.

Children's Peace Monument is the monument for peace to comemorate Sadako Sasaki and the thousands of child victims of the atomic bomb.

On the top of the monument, there is a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane.

The monument was built, by the fund-raising campaign with children, in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 5, 1958 (Children's Day in Japan).

This crane originally hung below the statue in the apex of the dome, it was replaced in 2003.

An ancient Japanese legend promised that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish such as long life or recovery from illness.

The Thousand Origami Cranes has become a symbol of peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki.

Thousand origami cranes from all over the world are offered around the monument.

Ashley enjoying the ran!

A picture of the Peace Flame and A-Bomb Dome through the Memorial Cenotaph.

Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

The Hall of Remembrance contains a 360 degree panorama of Hiroshima recreated using 140,000 tiles - estimated number of casulties by the end of 1945

Before we returned to the train station Sunday night, we took a taxi back to the dome to take a few more pictures since the weather was beautiful.