Written on the sign near this fountain: The Fountain of Peace
When the atomic bomb exploded on August 9, 1945, thousands of people suffered terrible burns and died begging for water.
Nagasaki city and the National Council for World Peace and the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons constructed this “Fountain of Peace” with donations received from all over Japan, and dedicated it as an offering of water to the victims of the atomic bomb and a prayer for the repose of their souls.
It is our ardent wish that you will remember the departed victims whilst visiting this fountain, and that you will join us in striving for world peace."
-Mayor of Nagasaki
The fountain sends up a sparkling spray of water in the shape of a pair of wings, evoking the dove of peace and the crane after which Nagasaki harbor has been named because of its similarity to the shape of the harbor. Completed: August 1969; Reconstructed, August 1985.