After experiencing that nightmarish war,
that blood-curdling carnage,
that unendurable horror,
Who could walk away without praying for peace?
This statue was created as a signpost in the struggle for global harmony.
Standing ten meters tall,
it conveys the profundity of knowledge and
the beauty of health and virility.
The right hand points to the atomic bomb,
the left hand points to peace,
and the face prays deeply for the victims of war.
Transcending the barriers of race
and evoking the qualities of Buddha and Go,
it is a symbol of the greatest determination
ever known in the history of Nagasaki
and the highest hope of all mankind.
~Seibo Kitamura (Spring 1995)
(Please, I beg of you, do not purchase this photo. If you want, I will give you any of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima photos, for free, for your use for any purpose. I am not putting these photos on the website for personal gain, just for educational purposes alone. I can't stress this enough. Email me if you want one.)