The statue's right hand points to the threat of nuclear weapons while the extended left hand symbolizes eternal peace. The mild face symbolizes divine grace and the gently closed eyes offer a prayer for the repose of the bomb victims' souls. The folded right leg and extended left leg signify both meditation and the initiative to stand up and rescue the people of the world.
Every year on August 9, the anniversary of the atomic bombing, a peace memorial ceremony is conducted in front of this statue and a peace declaration is made to the people of the world. The statue is impressive from all angles and distances and picture and photos really don't do the statue justice. It is when you see the Statue up close that you get a real sense of its aura and dramatic message for all! It's amazing just to stand and look at the fine and delicate details of the sculpture and realize that time has flown by without even realizing it. A must visit for every visitor!!
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|Impressive even in the rain|
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