Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine

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Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine in 2003
  • Japanese: 広島護国神社 (Hiroshima gokoku jinja)

Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine is a Shinto shrine located on the grounds of Hiroshima castle. Originally built in the late 19th or early 20th century as one of a number of gokoku ("protection of the nation") shrines as part of State Shinto, it was destroyed in the atomic bombing of the city in 1945 and was rebuilt within the castle grounds in 1956.


  • Ran Zwigenberg, Hiroshima: The Origins of Global Memory Culture, Cambridge University Press (2014), 133n138.