A visit to Ground Zero where the Atomic Bomb, Fat Man, was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the occurring on the first day.
Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, I certainly never thought I would visit ground zero where one of the atomic bombs was dropped in World War II. But there we were, at ground zero in Nagasaki. What an incredible experience!
Peace Memorial Park
The Peace Memorial Park was our first stop on our shore excursion tour. The park is lined with statues donated by various sister-cities of Nagasaki and many countries around the world.
Here are photos of some of the statues in the park:
One of the statues in the park
Another of the multitude of statues from the world over
Atomic Bomb Museum
Cameras were not allowed at the Atomic Bomb Museum.
The emphasis is on the suffering of mothers and children, but since the men were mostly off fighting the war, this is not surprising. The museum makes much of the fact that many scientists and politicians advised the US not to drop the bomb but there was no mention that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor.
Hypocenter - ground zero
Ground Zero for the Fat Man Atomic Bomb Dropped on Nagasaki in World War II
Me, standing right in front of ground zero or the hypocenter of the Atomic Bomb dropped on Nagasaki
This is all that was left of the Urakami Prison near ground zero