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Hiroshima History, Japan

On the coast of the southwest part of Honshu Island lies the city of Japan, known by the name of Hiroshima, that is said to play an important role for its country being the center for industry and commerce and dealing with the manufacturing of ships, trucks, steel, automobiles, furniture, rubber and canned foods. At the same time it plays the role of being a popular market for marine and agricultural products.

It is said to be the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in Chugoku region, the region on the west side of Honshu, Japan’s largest islands. These scenes can be explored in the present time Hiroshima. Let’s see the beauty of the history that lies within.

Hiroshima was founded on Seto Inland Sea coast, in 1589 by Mori Terumoto, who decided to make it capital after he left Koriyama Castle in the Province of Aki. The castle of Hiroshima was built quickly, and in 1593 Terumoto was moved in. In the Battle of Sekigahara, Terumoto was losing. Tokugawa Leyasu, the winner, took Mori Terumoto almost all his fiefs that included Hiroshima. He later gave Masanori Fukushima, Aki province. Masanori Fukushima was a daimyo that had supported him. In 1619, the castle was given to Asano Nagaakira and was later on appointed as the daimyo of his area. Under the ruling of Asano, the city improved, expanded and developed, with very few military disturbances and conflicts. The descendants of Asano continued to be the rulers of the city.

The history of Hiroshima was known to the world because it is the very first city that was subjected to nuclear warfare and atomic bombings in the Second World War. In 1945, the city was struck by an atomic bomb that was dropped by the U.S. in World War II’s last days. The reviving of the place began in the year 1950.

As for now, Hiroshima is the largest city of industry in its region. It has also become the spiritual centre of the movement for peace that hopes to be able to ban those nuclear weapons; The Peace Memorial Park was built in commemorating those people that were killed, and the Atomic Bomb Dome is the only construction to survive the blast.

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