Creative Writing — Hiroshima gets back to its feet
My views on Hiroshima’s intriguing comeback
– by Mrida Pradhan, Class 7, Greenwood High
As the energetic schoolchildren eagerly awaited a chance to toll the “Bell of Peace”, blue dragonflies buzzed around and the sun shone like an orb of pure energy (which it is).
The sweet scent of Sakura, or cherry blossoms, filled the air around them, and they admired the utter beauty of full bloomed lotuses, sat in a pool of shimmering, blue water.
The clarity of the pond and the relaxing sounds of the chirping of birds really made it a perfect, peaceful picnic spot.
The residents of Hiroshima hold the lotus flower very close to their hearts, due to the fact that it rises up from the murky mud, and follows the light, only to emerge after many trials, and finding solitude, just like Buddha, and also their city!
I have a sneaking feeling that the people of Hiroshima would feel a deep connection with the Phoenix, a mythical bird which disintegrates every hundred(ish) years and rises from the ashes immediately after. That seems to be what the city is aiming for, quite literally!
After the bombing, a scientist called Dr. Harold Jacobsen confidently announced that nothing would grow in the city for at LEAST seventy years.
The land itself seemed determined to prove him wrong, and so it did. In a few months itself, weeds began sprouting from the soil. After around a year or so, trees began sprouting new branches. Peculiar flowers called “Oleanders” bloomed in many places.
Other Japanese cities slid in to help out in wherever way they could, in an attempt to restore what the place had lost. Its health, and greenery.
Slowly but surely, the flora and fauna of the scorched city made its way back to stability in terms of their population!
The city was still far from complete regeneration, but it was getting there. Nothing could be perfect in the first shot anyway, and there is always room for improvement, right?
In 1949, Hiroshima implemented the law of ‘Genuine & Everlasting Peace’, and the city strived to make that their motto, and also inculcate these thoughts in people at an early age.
You might think that any memories of the bomb would be immediately pushed aside, but the people believe that such recollections should be preserved, just like jars of wine or pickles, and looked back on when required, just to make sure it NEVER repeats itself.
It is no longer even a remotely repulsive place. It has far more greenery than most places, and the six rivers flowing through it just add to the effect.
Speaking of effects, many tourists say that they feel a sense of calm and contentment when they spend time on the island. Apparently this feeling of being engulfed by peace is titled the “Hiroshima Effect”. I am quite curious about it, and would love to go there myself!
For the sake of the city, I wish them all the best for their development. They really pushed and made a scorched, barren piece of land, a gorgeous green & blue place filled with gardens, lakes, happy people, and most importantly… Peace.