Memorial Cenotaph, Hiroshima • The shape of the Memorial Cenotaph in the Peace Park in Hiroshima is instantly recognisable. There is a service commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima every August, on the anniversary of the bombing. There is a ‘coffin’ underneath the concrete arch which contains the names of those identified as having been killed by the blast.
Through the arch you can see the ‘atomic bomb dome’, which was originally the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. It has been maintained in the state in which it was left following the bombing as a memorial. When I was there it was shrouded in scaffolding: the city has only recently arranged for the structure to be assessed annually.
From Japan, January–February 2006