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strings of paper cranes at the Children's Peace Monument  
   

strings of paper cranes at the Children's Peace Monument

Hiroshima

April 10th 2016
The word conjures one event, one image: the mushroom cloud rising after the first atomic bomb was dropped on 6 August 1945. When I mentioned that I was going to Japan, I was surprised to hear how often Hiroshima was described as a must-see, and by whom – a retired Royal Navy officer, a long-term Australian resident of Japan, a New York lawyer-colleague, amongst others – and so it went on th ... read more
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Japanese Flag In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more
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12th April 2016

Peace, peace, peace
Your excellent account of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum moved me to tears. As the museum focused on the unfolding horror of that day and on individuals, so did you, which allowed me to feel it and them too. How forgiving of the people of Hiroshima to declare their city one of eternal world peace rather than blaming the perpetrators of the destruction, for grudges lead only to bitterness and not to healing. Brilliant that the G7 conference will be held there, so that, as you said, the leaders can be faced with the reality of nuclear war. Very moving blog!

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