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.
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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