In the evening every year on August 6th, the Peace park flickers and glows with lights from thousands of tiny candles decorated by children surrounding the A-bomb dome as well as floating along the river that passes through the peace park. Less formal than the daytime memorial, there are no long speeches, but this experience is a favorite of many as the light from the dome shines down on the water lit by the many colorful lanterns floating slowly downstream.
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I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fantastic and wacky things about this strange and wonderful land. I hope you enjoy your adventures around Japan- feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about traveling with kids, vegetarian dining or anything specific to Hiroshima.