The“Atomic Bomb Dome”inspiring permanent peace from the tragedy of an atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

The atomic bomb dome was originally a building called “Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall” and was designed by Jan Letzel, an architectect from the Czech Republic. It was considered an unusual European style building at the time. It was just 160-meters away from ground zero, but miraculously survived a collapse. Its known as “genbaku-dome”among people and was designated as a world heritage site in 1996.


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The“Atomic Bomb Dome”, an actual witness talks about the disaster from the atomic bomb.

It was my first time visiting and have seen it many times on TV, but I was curious how I would feel when I actually saw it.

On August 6th, 1945 the atomic bomb was dropped 160-meters away from here from a height of 600-meters for the first time in the world. The blast blew the top of the building off, but spared the rest of the structure from complete destruction. 30 people working inside the building all perished and the rest of the city was completely destroyed.

I was at a loss for words.

There are people who wanted the atomic bomb dome taken down, because they didn’t want to remember the tragedy, but it was decided that the permanent preservation of this dome would be upheld in order to remind the world of the consequences of an atomic bomb. It was designated as a world heritage site in 1996.

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It used to be a building to promote the industry of Hiroshima.

It was an unusual European style building used to promote Hiroshima’s novelties and industries. It was designed by Jan Letzel in 1915, an architect from the Czech Republic and was used as a place to hold art exhibitions and expos’. The European exterior was very beautiful and attracted many tourists, but later became a government office due to the war.

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Signifying the importance of abolishing nuclear weapons and permanent peace.

When looking at it from a distance, my first impression was that it looked smaller than I thought. As I got closer I felt the sadness and horror from this quiet building. I found myself unable to move for a while.

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It’s a building that speaks no words, but inspires so many things. Most importantly, abolishing nuclear weapons and permanent world peace. I really hope these will come true.
70 years has passed since the explosion of the atomic bomb and 100 years has passed since the building was built. The structure is becoming older, so it’s important to quickly begin it’s preservation. Earthquake resistance construction will begin this fall. I hope this building will be seen by as many people as possible, for as long as possible.

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1 Chome-10 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima

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Address 1 Chome-10 Otemachi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima
Access From JR “Hiroshima”station, get the Hiroshima electric rail and get off at “genbaku-dome-mae” stop.
Website http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/www/dome/index.html