In rememberance -  Hiroshima, August 6 2003 by Jaxybelle

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August 6th, 2003
On the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (August 6th), they hold a ceremony in which lanterns are sent floating along the Motoyasu-gawa River, in front of the A-bomb Dome. The lanterns used to float out to ocean. Nowadays they are caught down river for environmental reasons. This is done in remembrance of those whose lives were lost and in hopes that all nuclear weapons will be destroyed. I arrived in Hiroshima a bit late on the 6th so unfortunately I missed of the action around the Peace Park but there had been speeches and demonstrations. The floating of the lanterns lasted for 3 hours.
It was a somber evening and a beautiful expression in the struggle for the worldwide disarmament of nuclear weapons, if not world peace and a clear reminder of what the opposite can lead to.

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hiroshima, japan, lanterns, peace


  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    exquisite image. You captured the light, color and movement of the lanterns on the night waters perfectly.The message is loud and clear and hopefully we’ll live to see the day of no more wars and confrontations …

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    so beautifully captured.. please join us at Japan _through the Lens

  • lensbaby
    lensbabyover 3 years ago

    What a beautiful shot!

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartalmost 3 years ago

    magical work Jaxy, this has great impact

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