Japan Landmarks You Will Love – 20 Awesome Monuments and Icons; Christina Pfeiffer; Travel 2 Next

20 awesome monuments and landmarks in Japan to see. These famous Japan landmarks represent historical, natural and cultural events and ideas.

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The former war zone Australians are racing to visit; news.com.au

Australians still love Bali as much as ever, but there are other destinations that have been getting us a bit more excited.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum: From horror to healing; Richard Ehrlich, Jane Darby Menton & Francesca Street; CNN

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is where Japanese and people from all over the world come to reflect on the horror of nuclear weapons and the healing that has taken place since the August 6, 1945, bombing.

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Harajuku, Universal Studios Japan & More: A 8D Itinerary to Explore Japan’s Twin Cities Tokyo and Osaka!; Cheryl Tan; TripZilla

Planning to travel to Japan during the upcoming winter holidays? Cheryl Tan has got you covered!

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Must-See UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Asia; Travel Pulse

Crystal Cruises will explore multiple World Heritage Sites in 2020 and 2021.

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Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum reopens; Francesca Street; CNN

It’s one of the most popular museums in Japan and an incredibly moving memorial to the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack of 1945.

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Guide to Hiroshima: Best things to do, restaurants and bars; Miroku Hina; TimeOut

After the devastating atomic bombing of World War II, Hiroshima has risen again to become a beacon of world peace, and one of Japan’s top tourist destinations…

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Move to ‘sink’ floating oyster restaurant near A-Bomb Dome; Sonoko Miyazaki; Asahi Shimbun

HIROSHIMA–A floating oyster restaurant operating in close proximity to the Atomic Bomb Dome here…

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Why You Should Take Your Children To Visit The Children’s Peace Monument at Hiroshima; Just Go Places

Is Hiroshima for kids? Absolutely. The Hiroshima Peace park with its museums like the Hiroshima Peace Center Memorial Hall, the monuments such as the Children’s Peace Monument and the Hiroshima arch pay testament to the horrors of war and to the tragedy of thousands of civilian lives, many of them children, who died.

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What to see in Hiroshima and the Setouchi Region, Japan; Rupert Parker; Travel Magazine

In Hiroshima and the Setouchi Region you’ll find Shinto shrines, archetypal Japanese landscapes and delicious food and drink including the deadly Fugo fish.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial – Hiroshima, Japan; Denben; Waymarking


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In pictures: Hiroshima remembers, 73 years after ‘Little Boy’; Lainey Loh; Travel Wire Asia

Japan is marking 73 years since the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, one of the only times the US has used nuclear weapons as warfare, the other being Nagasaki.

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What I Found When I Visited Japan’s Hiroshima Memorial; Fred Pearce; History News Network

“It seemed to me that Japan could contemplate the bombing with stoicism and dignity. The defeat, however, was too much.”

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A quest to symbolise peace; Gulf Times

“I was having lunch with my navy colleagues when the incredible news of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima arrived.

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Face to face with HISTORY; Sarthak Saraswat; The Hindu


Japan – Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

If you are a history buff then check out these sites…

Curiosity can be a wonderful thing. It keeps the mind active and encourages scepticism. Inquisitiveness pays off when you are learning about the history of humanity and how the world evolved to become what it is today. If you find books boring and seek to gain knowledge through an exciting source, how about venturing to different countries and experiencing their stories first hand? Here are some places that are brimming with thrilling stories. Be sure to take your sturdiest pair of walking shoes!

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyagima Island Tour, Japan

These spectacular locations, that are also UNESCO World Heritage sites, are reminders of the destruction that war can wreak. Spread across an area of 120,000 sq m, the park is dedicated to the victims of the U.S.’ nuclear attack on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It comprises museums, monuments, memorials and sprawling lawns.

Instead of redeveloping the area, the Japanese decided to devote it to advocating world peace.

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How Hiroshima rose from the ashes; Steve John Powell; BBC

Japan – Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

A remarkable series of events is ensuring that Hiroshima will go down in history for far more inspirational reasons than the A-bomb.

On a torrid August day in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park, lotus flowers were blooming in the pond surrounding the Peace Bell. A party of elementary school children in their bright yellow hats lined up to toll the bell; all visitors are welcome to do so, and its hopeful sound regularly booms out across the park. While they waited their turn, the children pointed excitedly at the powder-blue dragonflies darting among the blooms.

These flowers have great symbolic importance in Japan. At temples throughout the country you’ll see statues of Buddha seated in a lotus blossom. The way the exquisite flower grows out of the mud at the bottom of a pond symbolises how Buddha rose above suffering to find enlightenment.

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Day trip: Hiroshima from Osaka; Cory Varga; You Could Travel

Japan – Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

Travelling to Hiroshima from Osaka couldn’t be easier thanks to the top-notch Japanese infrastructure. All you need is your Japan Rail Pass and a spirit of adventure. Many want to visit Hiroshima to see the Genbaku Atomic Dome, Hiroshima Peace Park and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima is well known for being the place of the world’s first nuclear bombing. However, Hiroshima has risen from its ashes, now being a vibrant city with unique sites, its own delicious dishes and many cultural attractions.

Tourists usually visit Hiroshima from Osaka as a day trip. We recommend spending a couple of days at least, to sample as much of the local food as possible and to be able to dedicate some time exploring Miyajima, which can be easily accessed from Hiroshima.

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Public opinion unlikely to curb a U.S. president’s use of nuclear weapons in war, Stanford scholar finds; YubaNet

Japan – Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

A new Stanford study suggests that American public opinion on nuclear weapons usage has not fundamentally changed since 1945, and many people would support the use of such weapons to kill millions of civilians if the U.S. found itself in a similar wartime situation.

Scott Sagan, a political science professor and senior fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, and his co-author, Benjamin Valentino, a Dartmouth College professor of government, recently published a journal paper on how Americans think about the circumstances in which a U.S. president might use nuclear weapons during wartime activity. They used a survey experiment to recreate the situation that the United States faced in 1945 in the Hiroshima nuclear bombing with a hypothetical American war with Iran today.

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Hiroshima A-Bomb Dome lighting event stirs controversy; The Japan Times

Japan – Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

A daily illumination event involving trees around the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima has raised questions over whether it is appropriate to promote tourism in the area that was destroyed by the U.S. weapon in the closing days of World War II.

The tourism event was begun in December by the Hiroshima Municipal Government to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the dome’s addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List in December 1996.

The dome, which is apparently not adorned with any of the LEDs involved in the controversey, consists mostly of the skeletal remains of a building next to ground zero that survived the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing by the United States.

At least one hibakusha has raised concerns about holding the event as part of a tourism promotion campaign and underlined the need for debate.

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