The New International Encyclopædia/Hiroshima
HIROSHIMA, hē′rṓ-shē′mȧ. The capital of the Japanese Province of Aki and of the Prefecture of Hiroshima, situated at the southwestern end of Hondo, about three miles inland (Map: Japan, C 6). It lies in a beautiful region at the foot of a hill, and contains a number of fine temples, a park, and teahouses. Opposite the city is situated the sacred island of Miyajima or Itsukushima, with its celebrated Shinto temple. Commercially. Hiroshima is considered the most important place west of Kobe, and forms the centre of the trade in lacquered ware, bronze, and other objects of art. Population, in 1898, 122,306.