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Genbaku Dome – Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Memorial

Posted in Places by tokyobling on August 6, 2015

On this day, 70 years ago, the US Air Force dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima city in south-western Japan, killing 70 000 people instantly, 70 000 more died later from their wounds. Almost all of them civilians. One of the more enduring symbols of this act is the world famous Ganbaku Dome, a reinforced concrete building that somehow survived the atomic blast and has now been preserved as a monument. I visited last year and took these photos during a very rainy afternoon. Despite the gloomy atmosphere I enjoyed myself as I was absolutely surrounded by very cheerful fifth graders on a school trip from Osaka City further to the East, who used me for English practice.

The official name of the Genbaku Dome is the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and at the time of the bombing it was used as the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Center. It was designed by the young architect Jan Letzel (a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire) in 1915.

A curiosity, and well worth visiting is the hypocenter of the atomic blast (the spot above where it actually exploded) about 600m to the east of the Ganbaku Dome. The spot is now occupied by a small medical clinic. Although exploding 160m above the hospital, the bomb had been aimed at the Aoi bridge, which due to its peculiar T-shape was easy to spot from the air and a sure sign you were above the Hiroshima City center.

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  1. lilichan06 said, on August 6, 2015 at 7:14 am

    A very affecting place !

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  2. Stella Olrich said, on August 6, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Reblogged this on Stella Olrich and commented:
    It will always be a painful reminder to the biggest mistake that humanity has been able to do in a few seconds destroying the lives of thousands of people

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  3. rudyhou said, on November 2, 2015 at 7:51 am

    i have yet visited hiroshima. would like to do so someday and visit the genbaku dome.

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