At 8:15 AM on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb exploded in the skies over Hiroshima. This famous dome (designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel) was 160 m southeast of ground zero. The explosion of air blasted off the buildings around it and intense thermic rays burnt to a crisp almost everything it touched. But the dome miraculously survived. It was saved from destruction because the pressure from the bomb came down right over the dome; the iron framework and some parts of the walls were left standing. It is probably Hiroshima's most famous and powerful icon.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。