Pondering the Imponderable

This is a candid shot taken by an American photographer of a Japanese man studying a diorama of the destruction done by the atomic bomb to Hiroshima during WWII.

Did I ever feel out of place while visiting Hiroshima? No. Did I feel any enmity from the Japanese I sometimes stood next to when I was at the Hiroshima Museum that day? No.

I can’t say how the Japanese man pictured here felt about United States’ role in the destruction portrayed. But I do know that the Hiroshima Museum stands in part as a warning and as a lesson. The Museum and the Peace Center seem to say, “Here’s what one relatively small bomb did. How can we prevent it from happening again?”

I was uncertain about visiting Hiroshima. But I’m glad we did. . .

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