The Peace Flame Of Hiroshima

The Peace Flame Of Hiroshima


The peace flame of Hiroshima has burned continuously since it was lit in 1964 and will remain lit until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed.


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Standing in front of the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims, you can see the "Flame of Peace" behind it. According to the Department of Greenery Promotion, which manages the flame, the fire was first lit on August 1, 1964. Local political, business, and religious circles, as well as atomic bomb survivors, initiated the project which aims to maintain the fire until all nuclear weapons in the world are abolished. At the time, the Chugoku Shimbun reported that 35 million yen was donated from throughout Japan for the project.

The design for the "Flame of Peace" was made by Kenzo Tange, who also designed the Cenotaph. The book Hiroshima Peace Reader by the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation describes the design by saying that "The pedestal is an abstract rendering of two hands opening upward." The flame lies halfway between the Cenotaph and the A-bomb Dome.

By applying to Hiroshima City Hall, it's possible to share in the fire from the "Flame of Peace." In 2008, the fire from the flame was used in 24 events, such as peace and anti-nuclear rallies and festivals. In 2009, City Hall received a total of 19 applications from Japan and overseas seeking use of the flame. Fourteen places, including sites in Okinawa, Canada the U.K., featured fire from the Hiroshima flame to appeal for peace.


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