Every Japanese elementary student recognizes the Atom Bomb Dome in Hiroshima. It is as famous in Japan as the Statue of Liberty is in the US. Not only do they study it in school, but they also see it on TV, especially around August 6th, the memorial of the dropping of the bomb. There is always a big memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on August 6th.
The building was first made in 1915. And before the war, it was the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (広島県産業奨励館). When the bomb was dropped in 1945, they were aiming to hit the T-shaped bridge located right near this building. The bomb detonated 600m (1,968 ft) in the air and 150m (450 ft) away from the Industrial Promotion Hall. Considering how close it was to the bomb, it was left surprisingly intact. And because of that, it did not get demolished during the initial clean-up after the bomb. Eventually, it was decided to keep the building and preserve it in its post-bombing condition. It now serves as a reminder of the destruction that took place in Hiroshima and the power of the bomb.
The very first time I came to Hiroshima, I remember walking past the atom bomb dome on the way to my hotel. At night, it get lit up and looks quite eerie. I also had not been told that we would walk right past the iconic building and was surprised to see the ruins in display. But as we were walking past it, there was a concert happening across the street at a stadium. With all this cheering going on in the background, here was this symbol of destruction.
Anyway, on to the pictures.