Google Street View has made a big impression since it was launched with great fanfare on May 25th, 2007. The search engine giant's roving camera cars have caught all manner of odd events in the process of mapping the world's highways and byways, as well as capturing familiar objects in real time settings. If you think about it, being able to walk down most any street most anyplace in the urban world – albeit virtually – is one of the true wonders of this technological age.
We've all checked out our homes on Google Street View, and it can be a slightly surreal experience.
Viewing internationally known addresses can also seem strange as these buildings often become known to us through the camera lenses of professional photographers. Observing them via Google Street View can give one a different perspective that, in the end, adds to the experience.
Now one of Japan's most iconic and evocative buildings has made the visual leap to Google Street View: the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, known around the globe as the “Atomic Bomb Dome.” Setsuto Murai, Strategic Partner Development Manager for Google Japan, has posted info and an image of the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Google LatLong Blog.
To quote Google, “On August 6, 1945 at 8:15am, the first nuclear device to be used in warfare exploded almost directly above this building. The annihilated structure became an iconic symbol of the bomb’s devastation, and despite rebuilding the rest of the city, Hiroshima decided to keep the Dome in its post-war condition to stand as a living testament to the horror of nuclear conflict.”
The Atomic Dome isn't the only Hiroshima landmark to appear on Google Street View. Special collections of seven different locations in Hiroshima Prefecture have recently been added, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and high & low tide scenes of the “floating” Itsukushima Shrine to name just a couple. (via Google Japan)