Genbaku Dōmu [原爆(げんばく)ドーム](Atomic Bomb Dome)

On august 6, 1945, An atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by U.S. Most buildings within two kilometers of the hypocenter were devastated. But Genbaku Dōmu[原爆(げんばく)ドーム](Atomic Bomb Dome) is one of buildings which narrowly survived. Genbaku Dōmu was registered as a cultural site of world heritage in 1996 and this is also known a heritage of tragedy that communicates the terror of nuclear weapons.

Genbaku Dōmu
Genbaku Dōmu



Genbaku Dōmu was originally built as Hiroshima Prefecture Industrial Products Display Hall[広島県物産陳列館(ひろしまけんぶっさんちんれつかん)] by a Czechoslovakian architect, Jan Letzel. That was a Secession style architecture and consisted of the main part that was a three-storied brick building and the center part that was a five-storied staircase covered with a dome. The building was mainly used for display & sales of the Hiroshima's products and exhibitions.


At 8:15 am, on august 6, 1945, an atomic was bomb dropped on Hiroshima by a U.S. B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" and exploded at 160 meters southeast of the building. It was the first nuclear weapon used in war. The main building was almost blown off but a part of that & dome narrowly survived.


After WWII, Genbaku Dōmu had been left and might had collapsed by deterioration due to weather. Those days, there was a request for not only preserving it but also destroying it by citizens because it reminded them of unpleasant memories. But in 1966, the Hiroshima City Council passed a resolution to preserve the Atomic Dome. Hiroshima City asked for donations for its preservation work and in 1967, that was completed.

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I urge you to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park[広島平和記念公園(ひろしまへいわきねんこうえん)] & Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum[広島平和祈念資料館(ひろしまへいわきねんかん)] that are located across Motoyasu River[元安川(もとやすがわ)] for reconfirming the terror of nuclear weapons & peace. 

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum





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