Unexpectant of this city, we have been inspired by the overwhelming sense it’s given us of the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. Sobering in the extreme, the Peace Memorial Park and museums gave us the opportunity to learn about the city’s tragic history, empathise with those who suffered and affirm our belief in a world where there is peace.
To read diary extracts of those who lived the atrocities and see artefacts of those who died was tear-jerking stuff. Although harrowing for Lola and Albie, we believe this experience will stay with them and help them pass on this message from the museum:
We loved that children from around Japan and the world have been encouraged to visit the city, and a special children’s memorial has been built, displaying thousands of origami cranes (in Japan a symbol of longevity and happiness). This was started by a little girl, aged 2 at the time of the atomic bomb and who discovered she had leukaemia at 11 years of age as a result of it; she decided to fold 1000 paper cranes and believed that if she achieved it she would recover. Tragically, she died before reaching her goal, but her classmates, and subsequently (still today) children around the world, added to the collection.