When I went to Japan earlier this year, I knew I wanted to visit Hiroshima. As such an important site in modern world history, I thought it would be fascinating to compare the Japanese side of the story with what I had learned in history class in the US. I didn’t get what I was expecting in Hiroshima. It is a beautiful city, one of the prettiest I saw in Japan. In the center of the city, there is one building that looks out of place amidst the newer architecture. It is a shell of a building that has preserved since 6 August 1945, one of the only buildings to survive the atomic bomb. It has been preserved as a reminder of the destructive power of war.