Revisiting History at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum

Iconic record of the horrors of war

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read


To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a virtual tour of the museum has been released, as well as a Peace Park tour from the day of the anniversary event.

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Many people who visit Japan make a pilgrimage of sorts to this museum in Hiroshima. I visited the museum 30 years ago, and then once again very recently.

The museum itself has become a bit more sophisticated over the years, doing a superb job (if I can even say that) of showing how horrible it was for the people of Hiroshima to experience the first-ever atomic bombing. War is, of course, hell for all that experience it. And this is how I approached the viewing of this museum. It is not a pleasant experience, but is not intended to be.

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Larry Knipfing

Larry Knipfing @larry.knipfing

Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you.