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Aioi Bridge before World War II (Courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives)


The Aioi-bashi Bridge was rebuilt in 1932, and in 1934 its central section was extended to the northern point of Nakajima (now the northern point of Peace Memorial Park) resulting in its unique T-shape that was rare in Japan. Immediately south there was the two original wooden Aioi-bashi Bridges that spanned east to west and, in the short period of time until they were taken down, the Aioi-bashi Bridge in fact looked like the letter H; it was quite the sight.


Courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives


The atomic bomb was targeted at the Aioi-bashi Bridge, which is located in the center of downtown Hiroshima. The tremendous blast deformed the girders, blew the handrail on the northern side into the river and raised part of the sidewalk.


October 1945 (Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)


October 1945 (Courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)


Reconstruction started soon after the bombing, and streetcars resumed service across the bridge on September 7.


About 1950 (Courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives)


About 1970 (Courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives , Photo by Hiroshi Aketa)


The Aioi-bashi Bridge, which is integral to the smooth flow of traffic in the heart of the city, was rebuilt in 1983. A pillar bearing the marks of the bombing is preserved at the foot of the bridge at the northern point of Peace Memorial Park.



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Aioi-bashi Bridge

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    Moto-machi Naka-ku Hiroshima City
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