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Nagasaki Ground Zero

Posted in Far East Cruise 2007, Japan, Nagasaki, Travel by Dennis Wright on August 2, 2007

japan It was inevitable that the first thing we’d do on arriving in Nagasaki would be to take a tram to the area where the atomic bomb dropped in 1945.

There is a park there, and a monument which marks the hypocentre – the spot directly below where the bomb exploded, at 11:02 on 9 August.

There is a statue to the women victims, who accounted for 70% of the dead.

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We visited the atomic bomb museum but weren’t allowed to take pictures. There were a number of bomb-damaged clocks on display all stopped at 2 minutes past eleven.

Before visiting the museum I didn’t really have a clear picture of the Japanese perspective on the bombing and it’s aftermath, but I can now sum it up as:

“Using an atomic bomb is a terrible and evil thing. We have suffered a terrible fate that should never have been inflicted on anybody. War is a terrible thing. We do not seek retribution, we seek an end to war so that no-one should ever have to suffer this again”.

This is understandable because the impact of the bomb, on the ground, was clearly a horrific and terrifying event that shattered them and shocked them, and they have continued to suffer the effects for decades.

However, their closeness to the direct effects of the bombing means that they have been denied the outsider’s perspective – a preparedness to consider the possibility that the bombing might have prevented a worse calamity. Whether such a viewpoint is reasonable or not, it seems to have been closed to the Japanese to the extent that their Defence Minister Fumio Kyuma was forced to resign last month for suggesting that the bomb was an “inevitable way to end the war”.

Next to the bomb museum is a Peace Memorial building containing the names of all the people who died.

japan nagasaki

There is also a Peace Park which contains many statues or other works of art presented to Nagasaki by various nations to express their sympathy and sorrow.

japan nagasaki

japan nagasaki

japan nagasaki


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  1. nike free run said, on March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

    It’s a good post.Thank you for sharing.

  2. Perrie Halpern said, on January 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    I came here to look at these beautiful pictures and the commentary to them, and then I see these horrible, ignorant comments about the Japanese. They were punished enough in both Japan and the US. On the other hand, the Austrians didn’t even get a slap on the hand for killing thousands of Europeans and Americans. If you were really interested in justice, be fair.

    • Dennis Wright said, on January 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Apologies Perrie, I knew about one awful comment on here but had not noticed the most recent one. Maybe I should delete them.

      Then again, maybe they should stay as a lesson about human nature. People are slow to forgive, desperate for revenge and the result is a never ending cycle of violence. Best to be aware of the risks so that we stand a chance of stepping out of the cycle.

      • Perrie Halpern said, on January 8, 2012 at 10:06 pm

        Let it stand. You are right about breaking the cycle. It just caught me by surprise.

  3. ivan said, on September 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    i was there in afternoon and see itself, if japan not will bomber by america, maybe we are (indonesian) the independent day in 1945 its not yet, ground zero is a proof that war crime of reply by war crime also, whether japan felt not guilty in war world II ? (maybe yashir opiniom is not wrong)

  4. dammit said, on August 24, 2009 at 4:17 am

    It’s precisely this kind of mindset Yashir Pacasum has that causes wars around the world..
    U shud be obliterated.

    • Gordo said, on February 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      uhhh… did you suggest he be obliterated for satirical effect, or are you really that hypocritical?

  5. europevoice said, on January 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    go f+++ yourself, you f+++ Yashir Pacasum.
    nothings justifies this kind of genocide.
    I wish you and all your family appear dead suddenly, you idiot.

  6. 3worldvoice said, on March 29, 2008 at 12:58 am

    go f+++ yourself, you f+++ Yashir Pacasum.
    nothings justifies this kind of genocide.
    I wish you and all your family appear dead suddenly, you idiot.

  7. Dennis Wright said, on October 15, 2007 at 5:24 pm

    Yes the Japanese did some terrible things during the war. But if every nation that did something bad during wartime were punished with genocide then the globe would be close to depopulated. Would that makes things right?

  8. Yashir Pacasum said, on October 15, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    For what they did during world war two, two atomic bombs were not enough for Japan. I think the whole Japanese race should be obliterated. They don’t deserve any memorial.

    • Greg said, on October 15, 2009 at 5:05 pm

      Yashir Pacasum, You are a very very simple minded moron!

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