has a long tradition of high emigrations rates. A large wave of emigration
to Hawaii in 1885 was followed by similar waves to the US, Canada,
Brazil, and Peru. Over the years, thousands of people from Hiroshima
Prefecture have ventured overseas in search of land and a new life.
As word spread of the atomic bombing and Hiroshima's unprecedented
ordeal, Hiroshima Prefectural Associations in several countries quickly
began sending financial assistance. This assistance from overseas
reaffirmed Hiroshima residents in their determination to recover
Assistance from Dr. Schmoe and other foreigners, along with completion of Peace Bridge and West Peace Bridge designed and built by Isamu Noguchi using funds from the US, contributed greatly by generating hope for recovery.