Monday, February 16, 2009

[Tokyo Fall 2008] Ueno Park - The Flame of Hiroshima

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The Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

First I was not sure what exactly what I was looking at. I saw a tiny little flame inside the glass case.

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Story about the Flame of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

From the sign I read the flame was taken by Tatsuo Yamamoto who went to find his uncle after the atomic bomb went off. He found this little flame still burning in his uncle's house. He took it home and kept it burning as a momento of his uncle. Years went by and the people in his village built a torch and transferred a flame to it in 1968. It has been keepin the flame since as the flame for peace, with the support of the villagers.

20 years later the flame was merged with another flame taken from Nagasaki (where the 2nd atomic bomb went off) and together the people "pledged to keep burning the a-bomb flame, convinced that this monument should contribute to strengthening the world wide people's movement to abolish nuclear weapons and achieve peace, which is the most urgent task for the people across the borders." (Association for the Flame of Hiroshima & Nagasaki Lit at the Ueno Toshogu)

Next to the flame shrine there were thousands and thousands of origami cranes made by people all over Japan.

yuzu tree
There were also a few beautiful and lively yuzu trees around the shrine.

Many people stopped by and paid their respect. It was quiet and peaceful.

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