Built to pray for victims of atomic bomb.
Symbol of oath for eternal peace of world
An atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki at 11:02 am on Aug. 9, 1945, wiping out precious lives of more than 750,000 people and turning affected areas into ashes in an instant. There remain a large number of people who could fortunately survive but are still suffering from after-effects of the bombing. The sorrow of victims cannot heal though many years have since passed.
Heiwa Kinen-zo was built to prevent a recurrence of such a disaster on the earth, wish for world peace and pray for the victims of the bombing. The statute was completed in 1955 by Seibo Kitamura, a locally born sculptor. The bronze statue is 9.7 meters high, sitting on a 3.9-meter base, and weighs some 30 tons. It is said that the statute's right hand is raised upward to point to the threat of nuclear weapons while the horizontally extended left hand symbolizes peace. The gently closed eyes are said to offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims'souls. The face does not look Japanese because it is a "Person who goes beyond human races."
The surrounding area of the statute in the Nagasaki Peace Park is designated as a zone to pray for world peace and has the Fountain of Peace to mourn the victims who died, seeking water, as well as the Peace Bell and monuments donated by other countries, prompting visitors to consider the importance of peace. On Aug. 9 every year, the Nagasaki Memorial Service for the Dead and Peace Ceremony are held in front of the statute.
Address: Located in Peace Park, Matsuyama Town, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki
Admission Fee: Free
Directions: Take tramway, bound for Akasako, at Nagasaki Station of Kyushu Railway Co.’s Nagasaki Honsen Line (2-hour and 10-minute ride from Hakata Station) and walk for 10 minutes from Matsuyama Machi Station.