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Like the mythical phoenix, Hiroshima epitomizes the phoenix, rising from the ashes of 1945. Many felt that the city would never recover from such devastation but here we are in 2009 and the city is vibrant and alive. Hiroshima if anything represents the culture of Japan and the resiliency of its people.
 
The past can best be represented by Hiroshima Castle which is over 5 stories tall and is surrounded by a moat. Sometimes referred to as “Carp Castle”, it was built in 1589 by the feudal lord Mori Terumoto. Unlike many castles during the Meiji restoration it survived. However, like the rest of the city it was destroyed in 1945. It was rebuilt after the war with amazing attention to authenticity. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction especially during the cherry blossom season.
 
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park symbolizes how the city of Hiroshima (and Japan) rebuilt themselves after the war. More importantly, it provides a reminder to visitors of the human suffering of the bombing of Hiroshima.    The Peace Memorial Museum provides visitors a look at the events of August 6 and from a very personal level. For many, the A Bomb Dome also known as the Hiroshima Peach Memorial is what most remembers of their visit. A Unesco World Heritage site, it represents the past, present and future of Hiroshima.
 
There is much more to see in the Hiroshima area. Attractions and landmarks such as the Shukkeien Gardens; the Mazda Museum and nearby Miyajima provide visitors to this great city an array of places to visit.