広島のいま

International Peace Culture City

In 1958, the population of Hiroshima reached 410,000, finally exceeding what it was before the war. In 1980, Hiroshima became Japan's tenth "government ordinance designated city." At present, it is a major urban center, home to about 1.12 million. However, the people of Hiroshima have certainly not forgotten the fact that their city was once transformed to rubble by an atomic bomb. The A-bomb Dome, a silent witness to the horror of that bombing, was registered on the World Heritage List in 1996. Now, it will be protected forever to tell future generations about the cruel tragedy of the atomic bomb. Every year on August 6, the day the bomb was dropped, Hiroshima holds a ceremony in Peace Memorial Park. There, the mayor reads his annual Peace Declaration. The city of Hiroshima is determined to fulfil its mission as an international peace culture city. It will continue doing everything it can to rid our world of nuclear weapons and build a world of genuine and lasting peace.

●Hiroshima Today
Peace Memorial Park and the Heart of Hiroshima
High-rise buildings line the downtown streets, but the park is filled with green, an appropriate place to pray for world peace.
July 20, 2000
Courtesy: City of Hiroshima