Hiroshima is known as the Peace City. The Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park, which are world heritage sites, are representative spots that appeal for peace, but there are many other valuable places. One of them is A-bombed buildings. It is a building that survived the atomic bombing and is still being used for active use, and some of them are very close to everyday life, such as elementary schools. On the other hand, if you look a little further away from Hiroshima, there are places with remnants of the war, such as the poison gas factory in Okunoshima and the Navy Yard in Kure. Visiting A-bombed buildings that are closely connected to modern life, places where war ruins remain, and museums where you can learn about the history of wartime, the importance of peace, and the importance of connecting feelings for peace to future generations. Why don’t you try it?
What is an atomic bombed building?
Buildings that convey traces of the atomic bombing and historical properties
It is said that 90% of buildings in Hiroshima were devastated by the intense blast and heat rays of the atomic bomb. With the times, buildings that were repaired after the atomic bombing and buildings that could not withstand newly required building functions disappeared one after another, and the city of Hiroshima registered it in the ledger as a building that conveys the traces of the atomic bombing and historical properties The existing buildings within 5 km of the hypocenter are called “A-bombed buildings.” At the moment, 86 houses have been registered, including the Atomic Bomb Dome.
Atomic bombed buildings still in use around the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park
Thinking about peace through atomic bombed buildings
Some of the atomic bombed buildings are being used for active use, and many of them are closely related to daily life, such as department stores. Let’s think about peace through the existing atomic bombed buildings that are being used in everyday life.
A place with remnants of war
Role as a place to appeal for peace
Hiroshima was heavily damaged by the atomic bomb. There are places in Japan where war ruins remain, and they were also scattered throughout Hiroshima prefecture. Today, like the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park, it serves as a place to look back on the tragic past and appeal for peace. Among them, Kure City has a lot of valuable heritage sites, and it has been certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a “Japan Heritage”.
What is visible from two sides
Deepen your understanding of war and peace
Hiroshima is a valuable city where you can think about war and peace. It is important to visit not only the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park, but also other related spots to deepen our understanding of war and peace, and to convey our wish for peace to future generations.
American President Barack Obama goes to Hiroshima.
~ Send a strong message for 17 minutes to the world ~
On May 27, 2016, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, visited the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for the first time as the current president of the United States. At the museum, they presented four cranes that they folded themselves and sent a strong 17-minute message to the world without nuclear weapons.