Saturday, May 8, 2010
Only opened in 2003, the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall memorializes the victims of the atomic bombing.
Built underground, the surface is a large shallow pool with 2 glass "walls".
At night 70,000 fibre-optic lights make for an intriguing display.
The glass walls point towards the epicentre of the bomb blast on the opposite side of the valley.
The glass walls descend underground into 12 light pillars symbolizing hope for peace.
The first level has on overview of the hall below and photos of some of the victims.
The hall was designed by Akira Kuryu
At the end of the memorial Hall itself, framed by the pillars of light, is the registry of names of all the victims.
The memorial Hall is open every day of the year except over the new year period. There is no entry charge.