Hiroshima was where the first atomic bomb was dropped to lead to the end of WWII. Many were killed and injured, though perhaps many more were saved by the war ending. Local workers and Korean war slaves were in the process of dismantling the wooden downtown in anticipation of American firebombing. After the bombing some scientists said that there would be no form of life able to inhabit the area for at least 75 years - we are still within that time, but I will let you judge for yourself on that one. There is a long park on the island that connects the A-bomb dome (the only surviving structure near ground zero) with the museum, and has many different monuments and memorials. The museum is well-done but does not allow photography. It presents a fair and matter-of-fact explanation of events leading up to and after the bomb, though it makes no mention at all of the aggressiveness and atrocities of the Japanese during that war. It leads me to wonder what Japanese schoolchildren are taught about the war and Japan's involvement.
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