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Hiroshima Castle

15 May, 2009

Hiroshima Castle – the Historical Castle of Hiroshima

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle is a large and imposing castle in the famous town of Hiroshima in Japan. It is also refered to as the Carp Castle and was originally built in 1590. It was completely destroyed during the bombing of the area in 1945, when the atomic bomb destroyed a huge part of the region. Despite the construction Japanese decided to rebuild it, as a sign of appreciation to their past and ray of hope for their future. The castle was rebuilt in 1958 and is now a museum visited by numerous tourists who travel to the area, due to its vast historical importance.

Mori Terumoto was the one who established the castle in the 1590s. It is estimated that Hiroshima Castle was built in 1589; it was situated at the Delta of the River Otagawa. Of course, the city didn’t exist at that time. The locals named the area Gocamura which stands for 5 villages in Japanese, and the official name of Hiroshima was given much later, as the officials decided to find a more imposing name for their city.

According to the Japanese Language, Hiro is derived from the local hero Hiromoto and the Shima is derived from the name ‘Fukushima Motonaga’ the name of the person who suggested the particular area for the construction of the Castle. The name Carp Castle comes from the great quantities of carp that is found in the area and the moat which surrounds the castle.

Although at first Hiroshima Castle was built in wood, the replica made by the Japanese after the bombing is made in concrete. Japanese decided to rebuild only the main Tower and the façade of the Castle. The museum features the long history of the region before the bombing and there are armors and relics of the Japanese culture and history.

Hiroshima Castle

Hiroshima Castle

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