Panoramic view on Hiroshima in autumn. Hiroshima, Japan.

Panoramic view on Hiroshima in autumn. Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima  is the principal city of the Chugoku Region and home to over a million inhabitants and the largest city in the Chugoku region of western Honshu, the largest island of Japan.  The city’s name, means “Broad Island” in Japanese. When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false.


Hiroshima was established on the river delta coastline of the Seto Inland Sea in 1589 by the powerful warlord Mori Terumoto, who made it his capital after leaving Koriyama Castle in Aki Province. Hiroshima Castle was quickly built, and in 1593 Terumoto moved in. Terumoto was on the losing side at the Battle of Sekigahara. The winner of the battle, Tokugawa Ieyasu, deprived Mori Terumoto of most of his fiefs including Hiroshima and gave Aki Province to Masanori Fukushima, a daimyo who had supported Tokugawa.

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