Chugoku Shimbun launches website “Striving to fill voids in Hiroshima 75 years after the atomic bombing: Recreating cityscapes,” with photos, alongside maps, of the ‘everyday’ lost in the bombing

On January 31, the Chugoku Shimbun launched a website of the photographic series “Striving to fill voids in Hiroshima: Recreating cityscapes.” The new website features photographs of Hiroshima from before the atomic bombing superimposed on Google maps. The images remind people today about the ‘everyday’ of the people and city lost in the U.S. atomic bombing. The photos are part of the major series “Striving to fill voids in Hiroshima 75 years after the atomic bombing.”

Website visitors can access about 150 photos of Hiroshima’s Hondori shopping arcade, Kamiya-cho, and surrounding areas. They show the bustle of the city center, smiling children, and social conditions as the city took on a wartime appearance. More photos of other city areas will be posted on the website in the future as the “Recreating cityscapes” space develops further.

The photos include those stored at the Hiroshima Municipal Archives and other public facilities in the city, as well as those kept in private homes and elsewhere. Some of the photos were contributed by our readers.


(Originally published on January 31, 2020)