Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was created for the purpose of bringing world peace in 1954. The memorial park resides nearby a center of an atomic bomb explosion. The area was once Hiroshima’s busiest down town commercial place.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was designed by TANGE Kenzo, a 20th century Japanese architect. The park is spacious with full of mature trees, plants and flowers. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims, a Peace Flame and Hiroshima Peace Memorial (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) are aligned on a line. The line leads visitors walk along with greens in a relaxed manner. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park has been one of the most visited sites in the City of Hiroshima.
The park is filled with life. The locals enjoy reading by sitting on the green. Work commuters are passing through the park in a business suit by riding a bicycle. Elders enjoy shinning leaves by sitting on a bench under the shade of trees.
These are landscapes we can see anywhere in our everyday lives. Painters quietly draw and put colours on a paper. Visitors hold hands each other and passing through the park.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park does not remain any shadow of what the park was filled with wreckage and ash at one time. There was nothing in the area 70 years ago.
I was impressed how the city dramatically changed. I felt so strongly probably because I visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum first and then the park next day. The contrast of life and death could be over exaggerated in my views.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park reminds us that we can create beauty again out of nothing. The park shows our strength and potential creative power we all unfold.
Meeting with Visitors
The diversity of nationality was felt at the park. Different languages are crossing here and there. There was a videographer who carried a large video camera. I was curious and found that he was from Australia Broadcast Company. I caught someone’s eye. He looked at me and set his eyes on my gear. Then he looked at my eyes again. I smiled at him.
I smiled because I felt that he was wondering what I was doing there. I carry my camera gear with a career and with a long steel slider. It is visible to anyone although I am quietly taking images behind the visitors.
He had strong eyes and was elder than me. I introduced myself as a photographer, making images for an American travel company on that day.
He gave me his personal card. I took a look on it and found that he was Joe Morgenstern, an American film critic from The Wall Street Journal. I became curious about him.
I smiled at him and asked “what is a secret of your success?”
He smiled at me and said “I am just keep writing.”
It was a brief conversation. His words had strength, uniquely humorous with full of wit. I felt positive!
I still keep his words. A focus on what we love the most is a key of a success.
It was early morning. The air was extra flesh. The park was filled with nature colours and greens. An early morning light and colours create a drama in images! This is a secret of photographers.
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