Summary of Hiroshima Prefecture
Capital City: Hiroshima
Population in 2010 (thousands): 2,861
Area (square km): 8,480
1000 yen silver coin
(Obverse design: Itsukushima Shintō Shrine, "Bugaku" and Red Maple Leaf)
Itsukushima Shintō Shrine: Itsukushima Shintō Shrine was founded in 593. The existing shrine pavilions were built by TAIRA no Kiyomori, a leader of samurai, in the 12th Century. The vermillion lacquered buildings and the great gate in the sea, contracting with the green on the mountain-side, create a unique landscape. In December 1996, it was designated as the World Cultural Heritage Site.
Bugaku: Bugaku refers to the ancient music (Gagaku) and dance, which was transmitted from India to Japan, via China and Korean Peninsula. It is no longer inherited in China, Korea, or the birthplace India. Bugaku traditionally performed in the Itsukushima Shintō Shrine, is said to have been transmitted from Shitennōji Temple in Osaka by TAIRA no Kiyomori. Nowadays, it has been performed more than ten times a year.
Red Maple Leaf: Maple trees are widely distributed throughout Hiroshima Prefecture, and there are a lot of beauty spots for red maple leaves in Hiroshima, including Sandankyō Gorge, Taishaku Gorge as well as Miyajima Island, which is known as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. This is why the maple tree has been designated as a "Tree of the Hiroshima Prefecture" since 1966.
500 yen bi–color clad coin
(Obverse design: Atomic Bomb Dome and Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace)
Atomic Bomb Dome: Atomic Bomb Dome was initially opened in 1915 as the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall designed by Czech architect Jan Letzel, and later was renamed Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. However, on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Part of this building survived the bombing, while almost all of the neighboring buildings were completely destroyed. In 1996, it was designated as World Cultural Heritage, and this "Atomic Bomb Dome", as a symbol of the permanent peace, continues to convey the importance of peace to people all over the world.
Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace: Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace was built with the desire to reconstruct Hiroshima, the city destroyed by the world's first atomic bombing, as a city of peace. The stone chest in the center holds the registry of the names of persons who died from the bombing, regardless of nationality.
Coin Sets contain Hiroshima Coin
1000 yen silver proof coin, "simple version"
1000 yen silver proof with five 80 yen stamps, "deluxe version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Proof Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin with five 80 yen stamps, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"
500 yen Bicolor Clad Coin 7 Prefectures (Miyagi, Hiroshima, Gunma, Okayama, Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Kagoshima) Set, "Brilliant Uncirculated Version"