Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region, in the west of the Japanese island of Honshu. It is known for being the first city to be destroyed by a nuclear explosion. The city was founded in 1589 by Mori Terumoto and prospered over the next centuries due to the lack of military conflicts. Starting from the Meiji period at the end of the 19th century the city developed as a major industrial centre and harbour.
At the end of world war II, on August 6th, 1945, the USA dropped an atomic bomb on the city completely destroying the city centre and causing the direct and indirect death of 140000 people. Áfter the war the city was rebuilt and developed again into a major economic and industrial centre. The centre of Hiroshima, where the nuclear bomb exploded, has been dedicated to the Peace Memorial Park, an area with several monuments and memorials.
01 A-bomb dome 02 A-bomb dome 03 A-bomb dome 04 A-bomb dome 05 A-bomb dome
06 Memorial tower to the mobilised students 07 Statue and paper crane chains 08 Paper crane chains 09 Peace bell 10 Peace bell
11 Children peace monument 12 Children peace monument 13 Schoolchildren assembling at Children peace monument 14 Schoolchildren assembling at Children peace monument 15 Statue of Sadako Sasaki
16 Statue of Sadako Sasaki 17 Children peace monument 18 Children peace monument 19 Children peace monument - Boxes containing chains of paper cranes 20 Schoolchildren contributing paper crane chains 21 Paper crane chains
22 Cenotaph monument 23 Cenotaph monument 24 Cenotaph monument 25 Schoolchildren assembling in front of Cenotaph 26 Peace memorial museum
27 Model of A-bomb explosion 01 Hiroshima skyline 02 Hiroshima skyline
03 Modern street with buildings 04 Modern street with buildings 05 Buildings and communications tower 06 Communications tower 07 Street in downtown Hiroshima
08 Fukuya department store 09 Subway to metro station
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