Hiroshima/ photography of Hiroshima in 1945 and 1947
Recovery of Hiroshima two years after the attack
The two photos show the changes of Hiroshima of the year when the city was attacked by the bomb (bottom, 1945) and two years after (top, 1947). The ground figure of the city rarely changed, however, we can see Hiroshima had almost entirely recovered in two years time. The top photos indicates the surviving buildings remained standing after the bomb’s denotation, which now become the memorial architecture that reminds the city about the devastating history. Instead of introducing a new urban plan, the city respected its old general form and rebuilt from its debris as we can see from the preservation of Nagarekawa Avenue and the Aioi Avenue, and general building heights lower than the surviving monuments in the photo.
Despite the astonishing speed of the recovery, the residential area was still considered temporary shelter for the inhabitants. The urban reconstruction plan in the later period introduced modernized architecture, which gradually replaced the traditional paper and wood Japanese houses that caused the devastating spread of fire during the attack.