@30 days until Hiroshima Summit: Notebooks for visitors’ impressions

by Yu Kawakami, Staff Writer

Two notebooks for visitors’ impressions are set out in the gallery of the main building of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (Hiroshima’s Naka Ward) and in the information lounge on the first floor of the east building, respectively. People who saw the exhibits write their wish for peace and nuclear abolition in the language of each country in the notebooks; “No more Hiroshimas”; “NO WAR.”

Since 1970, there have been 1,700 notebooks with messages written in them. The museum began to chain the notebooks to the writing table after one notebook was stolen in 1999. The notebooks were temporarily removed in 2007 when a comment encouraging ethnic discrimination was found.

In fiscal 2022, the number of visitors to the museum was 1,126,381, an increase of 2.8 times over the previous year. More and more people are leaving comments in the notebooks. As we turn the pages, we find many messages praying for peace for Ukraine in war.

(Originally published on April 19, 2023)