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August 6 – Peace Memorial Ceremony Day in Hiroshima

the monument in memory of korean victims of a bomb hiroshima japan

The monument in memory of Korean victims of A bomb – Hiroshima, Japan

Since I’m in Korea for the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, I thought I’d share a photo of the memorial you can find in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park of the Korean victims. Nobody knows exactly how many Koreans were killed or injured by the bomb, but estimates put the total between 20,000 and 40,000 people. The monument features a pillar on a large turtle. The top is a crown of sorts with two dragons listing the names of over 2,500 Koreans who are known to have been killed when the A Bomb exploded. The inscription on the monument reads, “Souls of the dead ride to heaven on the backs of turtles.” I have seen several similar turtle monuments in Korea so this must be a somewhat common tombstone or memorial of some kind in Korea.

2 Responses to “August 6 – Peace Memorial Ceremony Day in Hiroshima”

  1. 1
    Jay:

    Were they killed from the nuclear fallout reaching to Korea or were these people in Japan?

  2. 2
    acase:

    Not from fallout reaching Korea… The fallout didn’t go very far. Japan occupied Korea in the early 20th Century so these were (slave, forced, whatever-you-want-to-call-it) laborers in Japan (Hiroshima) during the war. I wasn’t aware of just how much animosity Korea has for Japan (still) until actually being here. Even though those that were responsible for Japan’s early 20th Century atrocities are long since dead, Korea sometimes talks about that period (and other, much earlier Japanese aggressions) as though it were yesterday.

    From a US citizen’s point of view, imagine if the people of the US (or at least the way history is written in museums, etc.) was extremely negative against Britain for the Revolutionary War or was still extremely negative against Japan for Pearl Harbor (despite being liberated which is essentially what Korea was at the end of the war 60+ years ago). That is how things are portrayed in Korean Museums, etc. I’m almost afraid to say to Koreans that I like Japan or that the people in Japan are the nicest I’ve ever met due to the hostility and ill feelings that continue to exist from the perspective of some Koreans and from the perspective of much of the Korean propaganda.

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