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Who would have thought this day would come, 75 years ago on August 6. There is a tree that turned despair into hope for those who lost everything in one instant, on a morning just like any other. In Hiroshima, where people had vanished and it was said that nothing green would grow for 75 years, there is a camphor tree who has stood straight and tall, thriving despite all odds. This proud tree was a source of encouragement for those struggling to move forward in the face of looming uncertainty. When the city began the process of building itself up from the ground again, this massive A-Bombed Trees stood at the axis of the Cenotaph for the A-Bomb Victims in Peace Memorial Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome; the same place in which it stands and grows today. There was a time when it was once slated to become wood for a chest, prized for its straight-growing trunk. There were also times where the tree faced the fury of nature, braving typhoons and pummeling rains. But still the tree lived on, becoming the tallest A-Bombed Trees in all of Hiroshima. Come and look up at the same sky as this camphor tree as it extends its graceful green arms in the summer. Witness the A-Bombed Trees in their glory as they continue to inspire hope in this generation and bayond.

Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims
(Memorial Monument for Hiroshima,
City of Peace)

Atomic Bomb Dome

In front of the Motomachi Regional
Police Box


The Line of Peace


When you stand before the Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb, you can see right through to the Atomic Bomb Dome across the river. In the 1949 design competition for Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Memorial Museum, a group led by architect Tange Kenzō won first prize for their design which placed all of the primary buildings along an axis that runs south to north. This axis line, which runs perpendicular to Peace Boulevard (the road that runs through Hiroshima City from east to west), came to be known as the Line of Peace or the Line of Recovery. If you extend this line farther north, you will find the tallest of all the hibaku trees, the camphor tree, surrounded by the municipal Moto-machi Highrise Apartments.

A-Bombed Trees MAP

A-Bomded Trees MAP

※ 広島市では、爆心地から概ね2km以内で被爆し、再び芽吹いた木々を「被爆樹木」として登録しています。

The City of Hiroshima has registered as A-Bombed Trees that were exposed to radiation within approx.
2 km of the blast hypocenter and went on to bud again.

協力:公益財団法人 広島平和文化センター・広島市植物公園 樹木医/堀口力 2020年4月現在