On my visit to Hiroshima I felt compelled to visit as many places related to the atomic bombing as I could. And I soon noticed that all of them are marked with the distance from the “ground zero"…
The “ground zero” term originates from the US Army, defined shortly after the war as the point on the ground located directly beneath the explosion. The bombing target was the Aioi Bridge, but the bomb actually exploded a few hundred meters away from the bridge.
The ground zero in Hiroshima is sort of a Km. 0 of the suffering… but it passes almost unnoticed by the thousands of tourists visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. I searched for it and I found it on a small street nearby Genbaku Dome, where it is marked discreetly - the brown stone marker on the left of the photo.
It is a modest monument and if you’re not careful, you can pass by without noticing… especially since next to it is a busy parking lot, with vivid signage, like everywhere in Japan:
Yesterday’s Japan Photo: