Japan will host the G7 Summit May 19 – 23, 2023. This will be the seventh Summit held in Japan. It has significant implications that the leaders of the G7 gather for discussions in Hiroshima, a city which has recovered from the catastrophic damage by an atomic bomb and which continues to seek lasting world peace. Hiroshima is globally recognized not only as a city of peace, but, there is much more to see and do in Hiroshima. It is a popular tourist destination partly due to its beautiful scenery of mountains, rivers, and the sea. Hiroshima is a city which has recovered from the catastrophic damage by the atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Foreigners often expect that Hiroshima will be a completely modern city since much of it was destroyed by the bomb. However, the city has done a lot to preserve and restore its rich heritage.
Hiroshima Castle was built at the end of the 16th century. When the atomic bomb was dropped, the majority of Hiroshima Castle, which was within a one kilometer radius of the blast center, was reduced to ash. The wooden tower did not catch fire, but seems to have collapsed all at once from the bomb blast and other factors. The exterior of the tower was reconstructed in 1958 as the Hiroshima Castle Folk Museum. The reconstruction of the tower was a symbol of the reconstruction of the city itself. Later, the castle other parts of the castle were rebuilt and it was completely restored to its former appearance by 1994.
Another ancient place in Hiroshima is the Shukkeien Garden. The garden has survived for 400 years despite damage from fires and the atomic bomb. Despite being in the middle of the city, you can experience a quietness that feels like you are in a different world.
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