It was pouring cats and dogs on our fourth day in Kyushu, the tail end of a storm that has been plaguing that region for the past couple of weeks. There were reports of landslides and flooding in the center part of Kyushu but thankfully none near us. But boy, did it pour that morning.
|Taken after the hordes of tourist buses had left.|
|The epicenter of Fat Man.|
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|The wall is all that remained of the original structure.|
Opened in 1996, the journey into the Nagasaki Peace Bomb Museum starts with a spiraling pathway to a floor below. The entrance fees was JPY200 which can be purchased at the vending machine. Audio guides can rented but as we had wifi, we just scanned the QR codes along the exhibitions and displays for facts and information.
The museum goes on to display some of the actual relics from the bombing such as a water tower and its crumpled structure and what was left of the original Urakami Cathedral. A little further into the museum were displays of the timeline and documentations that led to the decision to target Nagasaki. Many people do not realise that the city wasn't the intended target but rather Kokura but due to clouds and smoke blanketing the city, the bomber planes rerouted to Nagasaki instead.
|A holographic reenactment of the bombing and its affects.|
There were survivor stories retelling their tales of the bombing fallout, some talking of burying the dead after and some of the illnesses that cursed their bodies. The affect of nuclear bombing was so painful to hear and one had to wonder if it was even worth it. The museum exhibition ended with information on international co-operation and exchange effort concerning medical aid and laws pertaining nuclear warfare.
By the time I exited the museum, I was mentally drained and wandered my way to the Peace Memorial Hall to commemorate those who have died in the atomic bombing. Then as I waited for the rest of my family to finish their exploration, I sat down at the museum cafe, ordered their local castella cake and simply sat there to process the magnitude of this tragedy.
If you're ever visiting Nagasaki or even Hiroshima, then Atomic Bomb Museum is a must visit to really grasp the horror that is so deeply ingrained into its history and how it continues to impact the city till today. An time capsule of sorts.
Nagasaki Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan
Address: 7-8 Hirano-machi, Nagasaki, 852-8117, Japan
Tel: +81 95-844-1231
Fax: +81 95-846-5170
Operating hours: Mon-Sun, 8:30AM-5:30PM
Admission: JPY 200
HOW TO GET THERE:
Take the tram to Hamaguchimachi station then follow the signs up to the Atomic Bomb Museum. There are also ample parking areas around the vicinity which can be found via Google Maps.