Hiroshima—Witnessed by the A-bomb Dome

Ever since he was little, Sasaki had been especially attached to the beautiful Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. “The building stands, exposing its pitiful condition caused by the A-bombing. It looks like it's weeping, but at the same time looks angry. It also seems to be saying something to me.” (Yuichiro Sasaki, “Hiroshima Since August 1945,” Asahi Shimbun Company) The A-bomb Dome has witnessed the post-war period of Hiroshima. Sasaki may have identified himself with the dome.

Motoyasugawa River

Fireworks were a feature of the “Hiroshima River Festival,” which was initiated in 1952. Coinciding with the festival, a concert was held on the water.

In the vicinity of the hypocenter

1945 Saiku-machi (now, Ote-machi 1-chome)

East of the A-bomb Dome, houses and shops were reduced to mere ruins by the blast and fires.

Children in Sarugaku-cho

Sarugaku-cho (now, Ote-machi 1-chome)

In Sarugaku-cho, which had been annihilated by the A-bombing, houses were rebuilt and children started to come back to the alleys.

Washing clothes in the river


Two women carrying washtubs walk along the west bank of the Motoyasugawa River. In those days, washing clothes in the river was commonplace.

Shacks along the river


Even when the Peace Memorial Park neared completion, some shacks remained along the river-bank across from the A-bomb Dome.