Several hundreds gathered at Nagasaki Peace Park on Saturday ahead of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Visitors lit candle lanterns to pay tribute to those lost in the bombing.
Children and lots of visitors could be seen having flocked to the park where ladders had been adorned with lanterns decorated with messages, including “peace.”
The nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9 1945, three days after the US dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6. The bomb killed between an estimated 39,000 and 80,000 people and is believed to have ended WWII.
The twin atomic bombing was the first and last time nuclear weapons were used as weapons of war in the course of modern history up until now.