“Somebody set up us the bomb!”
"What the fuck was that?"
~ Mayor of Hiroshima 1945
“It's very modern, isn't it?”
“Now you see it...”
Hiroshima is a scenic Japanese city famous for its historic castles, beautiful landscape, friendly people, and being utterly wiped from the face of this god-forsaken earth by an all-devouring fire sent straight from the merciless bowels of the darkest hell.
Founded in 1589, Hiroshima grew to be a bustling city during the Meiji Era. Seated in a natural bowl of flatland, the area combined the benefits of water access with large amounts of farmland, and became a center of commerce. Conquered by Tokugawa Ieyasu a half century after its formation, it changed political roles several times before becoming the center of Hiroshima prefecture - a fortuitous event that helped the city grow to a bustling metropolis of several hundred thousand people.
That was, until the merciless soul of the atom, like the mightiest dragon of legend, swooped upon the helpless lives clustered together in fear below, and rending itself in twain, struck out with horrible wrath so brilliant that even the angels averted their eyes from the twisted hellscape that stretched out before them like a gruesome carpet.
Hiroshima is located near the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. Due to numerous inlets projected from the body of water, the city is actually composed of six islands. The area is surrounded by fertile farmlands and lush woods, comprising a picturesque setting that still retains its natural beauty despite centuries of human development. A wide variety of wildlife inhabits the surrounding countryside; occasionally a few large animals are known enter the city.
At least, that could be said for the wretched town before heaven closed its eyes, and a thousand baby angels wept for the city that was, the city that was razed to the ground as though a thousand Neros played a thousand fiddles of gold while the malefactious minions of Lucifer himself rained flame and brimstone, sparing not a child in the blackened streets below, leaving the ghastly roads glowing in the blackest of nights.
Hiroshima is a city famous for a diverse array of cultural attractions. The Toyo Carp is a very successful baseball team, with an outstanding record similar to the Boston Red Sox. Hiroshima's historic castle, Rijo, houses a broad range of Edo artifacts. Miyajima Shrine, a famous floating red shrine that has become an icon of Japan, lies just outside the city. A wide range of foods are unique or native to Hiroshima, while its people are famed for being exceptionally hard working, creative, and helpful.
That is, of course, before they were utterly, nay, completely and unescapably eternally wiped from the face of the Earth, like a towel blots up a sole drop of water, by a wrathful deity of man's construction from across the great ocean, boiling the land like the frothing sea that receeded before the glow of a million suns.