This is the fourth and final post of my Hiroshima series. I realise that the subject matter has often been confronting, but I believe we must sometimes confront the horrors of the past to focus on a brighter future.
I am happy to end the series with a selection of photographs taken during a visit to Hiroshima’s Shukkeien Gardens. One may view the photographs as “pretty pictures” and that is essentially what they are. However, I ask that viewers consider the following facts about the Shukkeien Gardens.
- Commissioned in 1620.
- First opened to the public in 1940.
- Demolished by the A-bomb on August 6, 1945.
- Approximately 1.4 kilometres from the bomb’s hypocentre.
- Victims took refuge in the gardens. Most died and their remains are interred there.
When viewed in this light, I see the gardens as a symbol of regeneration and a place that has once again become a happy place for residents of and visitors to Hiroshima. Even the high-rise buildings that overlook and somewhat diminish the ambience of the gardens can be viewed as a sign of a city moving forward.
To those who have viewed this series – thank you!
(Please click on any of the following images for an enlarged view.)