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webmaster | 05/22/13

Don’t believe everything you see, political or otherwise on the Internet. Many readers sent an email of two photos showing an arch standing amongst total destruction in Nagasaki, Japan, after the dropping of the atomic bomb. A second photograph shows what looks to be the same arch still standing after, what was captioned “Nagasaki nearly destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.”

A little research by yours truly (and others) proves they are not the same arch. The first one is indeed the arch in Nagasaki. However, the second torii, a traditional Japanese gate, is actually in Otsuchi which was the actual city struck by the earthquake and tsunami. The cities are nearly 1,300 miles apart.

While on R&R in Japan in 1969, I saw several of the same type of arch in different cities and a couple Zen monasteries. Still, I thank all you readers that take the time to send me emails.

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