Back in 2010, a three months long trip brought me to Japan for a few weeks. Given the history there, we had to stop in Hiroshima, which is sadly the first city in the world to have been the target of a nuclear weapon. On August 6th, 1945, at 8:15 am, the Enola Gay, an american B-29 Bomber, dropped the atomic bomb called “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima, killing around 80,000 people and injuring about the same number.
The target of the bombing was actually missed by the B-29 crew due to winds. This target was the bridge I was actually standing on while taking the picture. It was heavily damaged during the tragedy, but was not completely destroyed. The bridge was missed by about 800 ft. The A-Bomb dome that is pictured in my photo was about 500 ft away from the center of the blast. While everyone inside the building was killed instantly and the rest of the city was almost completely destroyed, the dome-shaped building kept standing up.
Efforts were subsequently made to stabilize the building and preserve it the way it looked after the tragic events, serving as a reminder of that sad day of August 6th, 1945.
Arriving in Hiroshima, I didn’t quite know what to expect. Sure, I had read about the events and knew what happened, but I couldn’t make up my mind about what the city would look like nowadays. I was in for quite a surprise: what a beautiful city it is! The park, the memorial, the river. No trace of an atomic bombing. Other than the Genbaku Dome.
While in Hiroshima, we visited the museum, which explains the whole story behind those sad events. I you ever visit the city, the museum is a must. You will be shocked by what you will see inside, but it really helps understanding what happened on that day, as well as before and after.
Have you been to Hiroshima? What did you think of the city?