A super talented barista in Caffe Ponte near Hiroshima Peace Park inscribed a message of peace and love on my morning latte. For the last 67 years the city of Hiroshima has devoted itself to the causes of peace and nuclear non-proliferation.
The most solemn monument we saw while living in Asia was this park in Hiroshima, Japan. The frame of this building was the only one to survive the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945. Though it ended World War II, the bomb decimated the city and its people for many, many years. This memorial park is not to be missed. I highly recommend sitting on one of the many benches and going into silence. Insiders tip: don't miss the crooked hedges. They have been re-created to demonstrate what happened to plant life after the bomb was dropped.