Hiroshima/panorama photos of Hiroshima after the bomb

Hiroshima/panorama photos of Hiroshima after the bomb
Photography by Shigeo Hayashi

 

Panorama of Hiroshima, Photography by Shigeo Hayashi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Panorama of Hiroshima, Photography by Shigeo Hayashi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Photo by US Army
Panorama of Hiroshima, Photography by US Army, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Photo by Shigeo Hayashi
Panorama of Hiroshima, Photography by Shigeo Hayashi, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Panorama of devastation in Hiroshima

The photos show the immediate effect done by the atomic bomb. The photos taken two months (early October, 1945) after the bomb reveal the degree of destruction to the city. Large area of ruins and flattened districts are observed, with a small number of buildings that were able to withstand the bomb attack. To study the recovery of the city, never should we focus only on the urban reconstruction period in the later few years, but also the immediate recovery of the surviving buildings and settlement of the survivors in the city the year right after the incident. How the Honkawa National School was used as hospital after the bombing, evacuation centers set up at hospitals, schools and tram stations by the police and volunteers, and the morgue established in the Asano library were the significant foundational initiation of the recovery.

The remains after the bomb determined the initial approach of the urban reconstruction of Hiroshima, supported by the fact that the closest surviving building to the location of the bomb’s detonation was later chosen as part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the major project of the Hiroshima urban reconstruction plan.

 

 

1 Comment on “Hiroshima/panorama photos of Hiroshima after the bomb

  1. I’d love to see some panoramic images of Hiroshima from the same locations today. Maps of pre- and post-war Hiroshima would also be enlightening. What questions do hope to address with your research as you move forward?

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