The site where the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima is now marked by a memorial park to peace. Just one building remains from the bombing with the story of the atomic bombing told by a museum in the park. The park swarms with tourists. We visited during the Hiroshima Flower Festival, which featured song and dance displays by school children of all ages.
Despite the energy and noise, the park is dedicated to peace. On paying a small sum, candles were available to the public to write messages of peace. People, young and old alike, write their messages.
The candles are placed on tables, or stands or in pattern formations. The whole park fills with candles. Each evening, the candles are lit by volunteers.
Once the candles are lit, and darkness falls, the park is illuminated by candles, all burning orange and yellow with messages of peace.
And, then, each evening, around 10pm, as if to remind us of fragile nature of peace, the candles are extinguished.