Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

by Hideo

Peace Memorial Museum

As you know, Hiroshima is now internationally known as the first city destroyed by the atomic bomb ever used in human warfare.  On June 20 I took an American to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  This museum features a wide variety of exhibits such as belongings left by victims and photos that portray nuclear holocaust. And I watched 4 paper cranes that President Obama placed on May 27. 

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

Why did President Obama place paper cranes?

There is Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.  You can see a girl lifting a paper crane towards the sky.  The girl who was model for this statue was exposed to radiation in the bombing of Hiroshima when she was 2 years old.  Her name is Sadako.  One day, in the hospital, she heard that folding 1,000 paper cranes would make her wish come true.  She began folding papers in prayer for getting well.  However she died of leukemia at the age of 12.  This story became widely known not only in Japan but also around the world.  Recently as many as 10 million paper cranes have been sent from around the world annually.  Therefore Obama followed this.

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

I wish for "World Peace."

It is Peace Bell.  On the surface of the bell beated , the borderless map is carved in relief.

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

It is Flame of Peace.  The light lit up in 1964 has been keeping on burning until nuclear arms are eliminated from the world.

Four Paper Cranes President Obama Placed in Hiroshima

As for the tour of Hiroshima,  please refer to Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome and Miyajima.

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11 Jul 2016


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


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