Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Reopens


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopens

The renovated main building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopened on Thursday.

The main building opened in 1955, 10 years after the atomic bombing of the city. It has been closed since 2017 to be made more earthquake-resistant. The displays also underwent major renovation for the first time since 1991.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said in a speech at the reopening ceremony that he will make even greater efforts to help realize the city's vision of a nuclear-free world.

The displays are arranged in an easier-to-understand way to show the reality of the devastation around ground zero after the August 6 bombing and how each individual died. The exhibits include children's clothing and items used by the victims.

A crowd of visitors had gathered at the museum before it reopened at 8:30 a.m.

The director, Takuo Takigawa, said he hopes people will hear the voices of the victims when they view the belongings.

He noted that the average age of the atomic bomb survivors is over 82. He pledged to do his utmost to convey Hiroshima's wish to the world.

A 64-year-old woman said she was moved when she saw the clothing of a 2-year-old child who died on his mother's back, as she has a grandchild of the same age.

An elementary school girl was saddened by a charred lunch box that was found alongside the body of a 13-year-old boy.

The girl said it's pitiful that he died without eating lunch, and she thinks war is something that must be avoided at all costs.