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Photographer's Note

This is the Korean War Memorial in Peace Park, Hiroshima. From 1910-1945, Korea was annexed by Japan, & many thousands of Koreans were forcibly conscripted to help with Japan's war effort.

From Wikipedia:

"Nearly 20,000 Koreans were killed by the bomb that fell on Hiroshima (in August 1945). The Koreans were in Japan as forced laborers. The monument reads, "The Korean victims were given no funerals or memorial services and their spirits hovered for years unable to pass on to heaven." The Cenotaph was originally dedicated in 1970, but prejudice that remained between the Japanese and Koreans kept the Cenotaph outside the Memorial Park until 1999, when the then mayor of Hiroshima allowed it back into the park."

The turtle is a symbol of longevity in Korea.

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