Hiroshima Peace Memorial … Hiroshima, Japan

In our travels we’ve been fortunate to see many beautiful monuments.

Never have I been moved more, perhaps, than on our visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial which documents and commemorates the terrible events that occurred in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

A tour of the detailed museum, a wander through the beautiful, peaceful gardens and a quiet moment spent by Atomic Dome was a sobering awakening to the cruelty and destruction war can bring to so many in such a short period of time.

I am not prone to political statements but I will say this … to coin a phrase, we need to be the peace we wish to see in the world if we are never to experience, or witness, a repeat of such a devastating event, or anything like unto it.



Peace be unto you …

Thank you for visiting,


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014


Shout Outs


Wind Against Current

Figments of a DuTchess

International Juxtaposition

Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

My second submission to this challenge, these images were captured on my travels.

Click here to see “The Boys” featured in my first submission.


Dorothy 🙂


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Travel Monkey

Jeff Sinon Photography

Black Hills Reiki

Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon(s)

I love looking to the horizon. I love to broaden my horizon.

Herewith my response to this week’s photo challenge.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂


Shout Outs

Uncle Spike’s Adventures

Tish Farrell

Being Mrs Carmichael


©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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.

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