Huffington Post: Dispatches from Hiroshima on the Eve of the 70th Anniversary

Photo by Jane Darby Menton
Photo by Jane Darby Menton

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“On the day before the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bombing, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is crawling with people. Tour groups — identifiable by matching multicolored lanyards — rove about the shady walkways, trying to ward off the sweltering heat with paper fans purchased at a nearby convenience store. Against the background of buzzing cicadas, languages blend together in an incomprehensible cacophony — Japanese, English, German, French, Czech, Chinese. The crane-shaped bell on the Children’s Peace Monument tolls in the background like a distant metronome.”