Renaissance … Sunrise Over Hiroshima, Japan

Before we arrived in Hiroshima for a short visit 18 months ago, I really didn’t know what to expect.

I was familiar enough with its history to know that August 6, 1945, was a terrible day in world history; that an ancient city had been obliterated in a matter of seconds during a time of great global madness and that thousands of innocents had lost their lives.

Once there, of course, I observed that Hiroshima had risen from its ashes and become a thoroughly modern city with a mission — to spread the message of peace.

This image taken of the sun rising behind the Chugoku mountains in the land of the rising sun reminds me that every day is a renaissance from the dark age of night. Over several decades Hiroshima has crawled from the depths of its own very dark age to shine as the bustling city it is today.

And now, a year since the horrifying earthquake and tsunami that devastated Fukishima and surrounding areas, a country once again in crisis slowly starts a complicated, but hope-filled renaissance.

It is a renaissance we watch with interest. The fallout of what also became a nuclear event affects us all at some level, and some people more than others. In a world shrunken by the Internet and social media we are more connected than ever — in mind, body and spirit, and by the fallout this event is having on the planet we share.

It’s not just Japan struggling to rise from this dark night, we are all in this together.

It is worth remembering that the sun that rises over Hiroshima rises over us all.

Copyright Aimwell Enterprises 2012 

4 thoughts on “Renaissance … Sunrise Over Hiroshima, Japan

  1. Beautiful imagery. Absolutely incongruous next to the historical imagery we all have of that horrific event.

    Very nice. Thank you.

    • We have been fortunate over the past few years, as my partner’s work on an international committee has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to travel. When this started I was already in my 40s with a whole life time already behind me. A part of me wishes I’d started this kind of travel much earlier but then, as I’ve come to realize with the passage of time, life unfolds as it’s supposed to and when we can accept that we can live with no regrets. … My suggestion: build your bucket list and, in the meantime, travel your local area — discover the beauty to be found there; see it with different eyes. .. Today we are slated to do the two-hour drive from our house to Niagara Falls and Niagara wine country, an area we hardly ever get to see, but because we have visitors we will take them. I find local travel to be wonderful practice for the international kind. 😉 … Thanks for your comment, Stu. Be well … Dorothy 🙂

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