|Above, the cenotaph and the Peace Museum in Hiroshima. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park and Museum has been a popular tourist attraction, but the numbers of visitors surged since President Obama's visit last month.
Kyodo News reported:
The number of visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum rose by about 40 percent from a year earlier in the four weeks following U.S. President Barack Obama's visit, the museum said Tuesday.
"It is a sign of increased interest due to the Obama effect," said an official of the museum, which put the number of visitors at 161,720 from May 28 -- the day after Obama's historic visit to the western Japan city -- to June 27.
Of the estimated visitors, 31,348 were foreign nationals, an increase of more than 50 percent from the year before, according to the museum.To read more, go here.