Aioi Bridge, Hiroshima

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The Aioi Bridge (相生橋, aioi hashi) is an unusual "T"-shaped three-way bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. The original bridge, constructed in 1932, was the aiming point for the 1945 Hiroshima atom bomb because its shape was easily recognized from the air. Although the bridge was not destroyed by the atomic blast, it did sustain heavy damage. After the war, the bridge was repaired and remained in service for nearly four decades, before it was replaced by a new bridge (built as a replica) in 1983. A surviving portion of a floor girder from the original bridge was subsequently donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

The longest part of the bridge crosses the Ōta River just to the north of the island containing the district of Nakajima-cho. The downstroke of the "T" links the main bridge to the island, and is also the north entrance to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
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  • Whilst a modern replacement one can clearly see why the US bomber used the T shape of the bridge to use as a target. no GPS in those days  more »
  • This bridge is best viewed from the top of nearby Hiroshima Orizuru Tower (bring your passport to get a discount) which gives you an idea of the aerial view of its distinct T shape which guided the...  more »
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  • Aioi Bridge (相生橋) is an unusual "T"-shaped three-way bridge in Hiroshima, Japan. The original bridge, constructed in 1932, was the aiming point for the 1945 Hiroshima atom bomb because its shape was easily recognized from the air. Although the bridge was not destroyed by the atomic blast, it did sustain heavy damage. After the war, the bridge was repaired and remained in service for nearly four decades, before it was replaced by a new bridge (built as a replica) in 1983. A surviving portion of a floor girder from the original bridge was subsequently donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
  • The famous T-shaped Aioi Bridge that got under the crosshairs (used as target) of the plane to drop the A-bomb was heavily damaged but not totally destroyed during the blast. Many tourists walk over this bridge.

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