This peace bell was built in 1964 by the A-bomb Survivor Hiroshima Hope Fruition Society as a symbol for a spiritual and cultural movement that aims at the creation of a world without nuclear weapons and wars. On the surface of the bell, which was made by late Masahiko Katori (a Living National Treasure), a world map without national boundaries, symbolizing "one world," is embossed.
The area where the log hits the bell shows the atomic energy symbol, expressing hope for the abolition of atomic and hydrogen bombs. The mark on the opposite side indicates a mirror to reflect the heart of the person who rings the bell.
Planted in the pond are famous lotuses called "Oga Lotus" which were grown from seeds by Professor Ichiro Oga who dug them from 2000-year-old ruins in Chiba City. This was to console the souls of victims who used lotus leaves to reduce the pain from their burn injuries by covering the affected areas.
This bell was selected for the Environment Agency's "One Hundred Sounds the Japanese People Wish to Preserve" in 1996. (The selection was for the entire sound environment in the park, including the ringing of the Peace Clock Tower bell and the bell, which is displayed in the Peace Memorial Museum and used in the Peace Memorial Ceremony held on August 6.)