The Hypocenter – Ground Zero Plaque

The Hypocenter Ground Zero Plaque

The hypocenter of the bombing is inconspicuously marked near the Shima Hospital at the town’s center. The pilot responsible for dropping the A-bomb was actually aiming for the nearby Aioi Bridge. Displayed on the plaque is a description of the event and a photo of the destruction of the town. Visitors will sometimes leave flowers and paper cranes to memorialize those that perished.

The Hypocenter – Ground Zero Plaque

Several trees in the area astonishingly survived and are still thriving. While we were visiting this marker, we were met by a group of Japanese schoolchildren who were on a field trip. They were excited to try out their English and ask for us to take a group photo of them. My Japanese is terrible (I only know  “hello” and “thank you”) so I was happy to oblige… in English.

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