HIROSHIMA – Jimmy Page, the guitarist of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, on Thursday visited Hiroshima and laid flowers for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city 70 years ago.
He placed the flowers at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and bowed his head.
“The whole world has been under the shadow of the bomb. I know that all of us pray for peace,” Page told reporters.
He later visited the Atomic Bomb Dome, which survived the bomb dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, in the closing days of World War II.
He met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui at City Hall.
Matsui asked Page to spread the message inscribed on the cenotaph all over the world, and that this is the wish of the hibakusha. The message reads, “Let all the souls here rest in peace; For we shall not repeat the evil.”
Page replied that people who live now should make efforts to maintain peace while taking into account the feelings of the atomic bomb victims and survivors.
It was Page’s second visit to Hiroshima. His first visit was in 1971, during which he and other Led Zeppelin members visited City Hall and donated ¥7 million in revenue from their concert in Hiroshima to support hibakusha.