18 Flame of Peace
Built on :
August 1, 1964
Established by :
The Flame of Peace Construction Committee
Tokyo University Professor Kenzo Tange designed the base.
The pedestal was designed to suggest two hands pressed together at the wrist
and bent back so that the palms point up to the sky. It expresses condolence
for victims unable to satisfy their thirst for water, as well as the desire
for nuclear abolition and enduring world peace.
The flame has burned continuously since it was lit on August 1, 1964. It
symbolizes the anti-nuclear resolve to burn the flame "until the day when
all such weapons shall have disappeared from the earth."
In the Flame of Peace Relay held each year, representatives of each community
run through the cities, towns and villages of Hiroshima prefecture in an
appeal for the abolition of nuclear weapons and improvement of survivor
assistance. It is used to light other flames as a symbol of peace in various
events. In 1994, it lit the flame of the Asian Games held in Hiroshima City.