A sparrow rests on the ruins of the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. This building was one of the very few that remained standing after the “Little Boy” atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945 at 8:15 a.m. wiping out the complete city. The exact amount of casualties is really hard to estimate, and experts seem to agree on a figure of 140 000 by the end of 1945 ; the death toll as of today in unknown.
Today, Hiroshima is bustling city with almost 1.2 millions inhabitants, and life has taken over. The atomic bomb dome remains a strong symbol and is surrounded by camphor trees, homes of singing cicadas and sparrows, starlings and an occasional black raven.