Yu said that the response surprises visitors every time, with some even tearing up.
“Informing visitors, so that what happened in Hiroshima never happens again, is our duty as guides,” he added, according to SoraNews24.
In another tweet, Yu highlighted the importance of remembering 8:15 a.m. — the minute the Enola Gay, an American Boeing B-29 Superfortress, dropped “Little Boy” on his city.
“8:15 a.m. This is a moment in time that we must never forget,” Yu tweeted, along with a photo of Hiroshima’s Atomic Bomb Dome. “Please observe a moment of silence and say a prayer for peace in the world.”
In 2017, the Hiroshima Peace Museum released rare digitized footage of Hiroshima in 1935, 10 years before the bombing. According to a staff, the 16-millimeter film is “valuable data that clearly shows how Hiroshima looked before being atom-bombed.”
The black-and-white film shows peaceful scenes such as cherry blossoms blooming, people walking on the streets and rowing boats across a river. Check it out below:
Yu’s answer touched many, receiving 225,000 likes and 73,000 retweets so far.
“There’s no one to hate. The opponent who dropped the atomic bomb brought democracy. From the beginning of the war, the Japanese government had been cruel. It was different from other Asian countries, which were pure victims.”
“At the time, nations were killing each other. For country and family, for your own justice. There was no clear right or wrong anymore. Japan was desperately killing. You cannot blame other countries.”
“I have a grandmother who survived the war. She said, ‘I was surely heartbroken, but don’t take out the country. Only war should be taken.’ I heard this in elementary school.”
“It must be pointed out that not everyone who fought in the war wanted to fight. War is a result of some people’s decisions. It’s important never to repeat it again.”
“I hope there will be no more conflicts or wars anywhere in the world.”
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