Human Shadow Etched in Stone


Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima, Japan

A person sitting on the steps to the bank waiting for it to open was exposed to the flash from the atomic bomb explosion. Receiving the rays directly, the victim must have died on the spot from massive burns. The surface of the surrounding stone steps was turned whitish by the intense heat rays. The place where the person was sitting became dark like a shadow. Several bereaved families have suggested that one of their family members may have created this shadow.


  • Title: Human Shadow Etched in Stone
  • Date: 1945-08-06/1945-08-06
  • Location: 260 m from the hypocenter, Kamiya-cho
  • Contributor: Donated by Sumitomo Bank, Hiroshima Branch Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum collection

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