Hiroshima Peace Park
(More Hiroshima, 1995)
cenotaph. Unvieled in 1952, this memorial to those who died in 1945 and
the aftermath of the atomic bomb is shaped like an ancient haniwa house,
and meant to protect those who died from the rain. The front of the cenotaph
reads "Let all the souls here rest in peace for we shall not repeat the
evil." The word "cenotaph" means a monument erected in memory of a deceased
person who is buried elsewhere. Literally it refers to an empty (keno)
tomb (taph). As of August 6, 1979, the names of 95,685 victims of the blast
had been recorded on the register for the Cenotaph. It is noteworthy that
the register includes the names of Americans and Koreans as well as Japanese
who died in the blast.
Information from the Hiroshima Peace Reader (Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, 1980), p. 41.