Eastern Moto-machi has become a government district where the Hiroshima Prefectural Government and National Joint Government buildings can be found.
Western Moto-machi contains residential areas where the Moto-machi high-rise apartments sit and Chuo Park as well as cultural facilities such as Hiroshima Museum of Art, Hiroshima Central City Library, Hiroshima City Cinematographic and Audio-visual Library, Hiroshima Children’s Museum, and Hiroshima City Children’s Library, and sports facilities including Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center and Family Swimming Pool.
As new facilities are introduced to the area, old ones disappear. The former Hiroshima Municipal Baseball Stadium which supported Hiroshima’s post-war recovery together with its citizens has seen its final days and all that remains is a portion of the right field stands waiting for a new start.

Present-day Moto-machi District


Stands blanketed in red

At the final regular game on September 28, 2008, red signs filled the stands.
September 28, 2008
Courtesy of Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts

The site of the old Stadium

May 2012
Taken by Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum with permission from Hiroshima Mazda


At the Heart of Hiroshima’s Changes