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Hanami at Nagasaki Peace Park

Does this look like the centre of atomic destruction?  It was hard to imagine that these sakura, just coming out, are in the park that marks the hypocentre of the Nagasaki atomic bomb explosion.  Nagasaki has recovered and is now a very scenic, cosmopolitan, thriving city.

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This is the third in a series of Nagasaki posts, from my weekend visit to Nagasaki a few weeks ago – the others are here and here.

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The A-Bomb Museum sets out the grim history of 9 August 1945, and is one of those places in the world that everybody should visit to see the horrors of nuclear war and ensure that it is never repeated.

There are many paper cranes at some of the atomic bomb memorials in the park.

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This plynth marks the hypocentre of the bomb blast.

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Peace Park (Heiwa Kouen)

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This panorama is a serie of photos taken inside the entrance to the Genbaku Shiryokan (A-Bomb Museum).  This is a new building since I was last here in 1996 – and provides a modern entrance to a museum that every world leader should be made to visit.  I think that every head of state should be compelled to visit Hiroshima & Nagasaki when they first take office, to ensure they all understand the gravity of pressing the buttons at their fingertips.

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