'Music for Peace' Project : Hiroshima, Warsaw and Chopin - Akiko's Piano

A remarkable concert takes place today in Hiroshima to commemorate the release of the first atomic bomb on the city on August 6th 1945. I visited the city in February 2019 on a special commemorative project entitled 'Music for Peace'. Below are some extracts, the musical programme for today streamed on Youtube and the remarkable account of Akiko's Piano, arguably the most treasured musical instrument in Japan.Friday 22nd February 2019 
As usual with jet-lag I awoke early at 5.00 am and prepared for the full day ahead. As you can see from the above photo the view from the restaurant was dramatic. You can see the symbolic Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) in the middle distance. Before the horror that occurred at 8:15:17 a.m. local time on 6 August 1945 when the cruelly named 'Little Boy' was delivered, the building was known as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. 

Before the bomb, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall 

After the bomb

Warsaw Uprising Recollections - The Conflagration of Warsaw August 1st.1944

The abandoned....

The valiant men...
This uprising must never be forgotten and will not be despite the indelible controversy surrounding it
This is a nation of truly remarkable Polish women  Independent, powerful, determined, loyal, intelligent, courageous, 

Extract from:

Chapter 4 'Warsaw the Phoenix' from A Country in the Moon: Travels in Search of the Heart of Poland by Michael Moran (Granta, London 2009)