If you've seen this video, or if you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that the first place we headed for in South of Japan was Nagasaki.
If you're familiar with the World War 2 or the history of Asia, you'd know that Japan occupied many countries during that time (Singapore included) and they only retreated in 1945 after an atomic bomb was released in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Nagasaki is a beautiful city, with PERFECT weather. And because of their history, the main tourist attractions in the region were related to the World War 2, namely the Nagasaki Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum.
It was a perfect day to visit a park, and so we hit up the Nagasaki Peace Park first. This park was to commemorate the peace in Japan after the war and to serve as a reminder of the importance of peace in today's world. Something I think is absolutely relevant considering all the issues going on in our world now. The golden sculpture above is probably my favourite. It has 7 people holding hands forming what looks like our earth, which symbolises 7 continents living in peace.
- Starts singing John Legend's song -
You can see from the flowers around the park and the way the park is preserved that the Japanese really remember the destruction that ensued with the bombing of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and that it really does serve to say, war = destruction, and peace is something the world really needs.
What I WoreCoat - Coldwear | Top - Shein.com | Scarf - Primark | Shoes - Timberland
After walking around the park and seeing the beautiful sculptures and different symbols of peace, we headed to the hypocenter where the atomic bomb landed, and then on to the Atomic Bomb Museum.
Visiting these 2 locations back to back was one heck of an emotional journey. I reckon my emotions would have been less volatile if we ended off at the peace park, as I was near to tears by the end of the museum journey.
These colourful cranes above were found in several places, and from what I know, they represent wishes of peace.
In the atomic bomb museum, I finally understood the controversy people talk about when it comes to Japan admitting their involvement in the war. The Atomic Bomb Museum started their timeline from 1943 and it showed what happened to the Japanese after the bomb landed in Nagasaki.
Unlike the Germans the Japanese don't really talk much about their tyranny during that period. This atomic bomb museum gave 1-2 liners about the Japanese occupation, and their conflicts with the U.S. which we all know isn't as "simple" as that.
Since Singapore was once under their rule, from the history lessons I've learnt in school, and war stories I heard from my grandfather (he lived through the war), I know that they definitely downplayed the events that happened before 1943.
Still, it was the most heart wrenching thing. I've been to history museums where I've seen the cruelty of the Japanese soldiers in the past during the war, but what i've never seen is what happened to them after the war. And although some people may criticise and say the way they represent facts and how the war came about is slightly dodgy, I think it's merely one of perspective.
Just like how in Singapore, our timeline ends at 1945, and our textbooks/history lessons don't talk about what happen to the Japanese after the bombing, in Nagasaki, they leave out chunks of their involvement in Asia and begin talking about events that caused them destruction. So many innocent Japanese died because of this, and my heart broke reading about the stories and post atomic bomb effects (from burns to mutations of bodies it was horrible).
Regardless, thinking back to the peace park and how that structure symbolises 7 continents living together in peace, I think we all can take a page out of this history book and learn that war NEVER ends up in anything but destruction, for all parties involved.