The year 1956 became
"Japan's first economic boom." As the recession following
the Korean War turned around, the people began to feel more prosperous.
Hiroshima Restoration Exposition was planned in the midst of this
growing optimism and prosperity. The event was designed to tell the
world about Hiroshima's restoration, its industry and tourist attractions.
Another purpose was to display its great achievements in science,
trade, and culture. For fifty days from April 1 to May 20, 1958,
this enormous fair streached across a venue that covered Peace Memorial
Park, Hiroshima Castle Grounds, and Peace Boulevard.
On Sundays over 30,000 people visited the popular exposition, and the total number of tickets sold exceeded 927,000, well beyond expectations.