The Nagasaki Peace Park is located in Nagasaki and commemorates the tragic bombing on August 9th, 1945. It can be found near the Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Hall. The peace park was established in 1955 near ground zero of the bomb site. On the park grounds, remnants of Urakami Cathedral can still be seen today.
The centerpiece of the park is the Peace Statue, created by sculptor Seibo Kitamura whose home prefecture was Nagasaki. The statue is a mix of eastern and western art ideals while also using a blend of religion to present its themes. The statues points with its right hand toward the threat of nuclear weapons and the left symbolizes eternal peace. The almost Buddha-like face symbolizes divine grace and offers a prayer to the deceased victims. Interestingly, the legs of the statue are half in meditation and half in a call to stand up and rescue the people of the world. The design as a whole offers viewers a dynamic image to reflect upon.
Also on the grounds is the Fountain of Peace. It was created in 1969 to pray for the souls of the victims of the atomic bomb who died while seeking water. A plaque in front of it recalls a 9-year old girl's struggle to find clean water.
Annually, on the anniversary of the bombing, a Peace Memorial Ceremony is held along with an address by the Mayor of Nagasaki for a declaration and call for world peace.
Access from JR Nagasaki Station via tram line 1 or 3. Depart at Peace Park (Heiwa Koen). Approximately 10 minutes.
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