Preservation work on A-bomb Dome is completed, restoring appearance at time of atomic bombing

by Tsuyoshi Kubota, Staff Writer

On March 26, the Hiroshima City government’s preservation work on the Atomic Bomb Dome, a UN World Heritage site located in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward, was completed. Many tourists gazed up at the A-bomb Dome, which is now free of scaffolding and machinery and whose steel frames at the top of the structure were repainted dark brown, a color similar to that at the time of the atomic bombing.

On that day, four workers set about removing rubber mats that had been spread around the A-bomb Dome for moving machinery. Takuro Matsuyama, 56, a corporate employee from Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture, was rereading an explanatory panel. “The A-bomb Dome is an important structure that attracts many people to Hiroshima,” he said. “It’s a good thing to take measures to preserve it for future generations.”

A spiral staircase inside the dome was repainted and cement reinforcement material was injected into cracks in certain structures to prevent their further expansion in this fifth preservation project, which was initiated in September last year. The city originally had expected the work to be finished by October 2019, but the plan was delayed because of three faulty bidding processes.

(Originally published on March 27, 2021)