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What I Learned At Hiroshima (In Photos)
"The biggest and most pleasant surprise from my visit was how the Japanese have converted a horrible episode from human history into something positive, without skipping past the difficult parts. The peace museum tells a balanced story of WWII and the bombing itself, leading visitors through rooms about the current nuclear weapons treaties and the effects of nuclear radiation on citizens.
But the park is called the Peace Park and Memorial for a clear reason: they want to use their example to prevent similar horrors from ever happening again and they did an excellent job of making that the clear theme in the experience of visiting the place. They did a far better job at this ambition than any other historic war site I’ve seen, and I’ve seen many.
It seems mandatory that young students visit the center, as they were there in busloads. The primary frustration I had with the Peace Memorial Museum was having to navigate around gangs of Japanese kids. Even outside the museum we met many groups of children in the park and they were curious about foreigners, which was great to see. I’d say hello as they passed by in groups, and they always laughed and waved back at me.

Many of the younger students had assignments to talk to foreigners and practice their English. They asked me where I was from, what my name was, and what thoughts I had about the museum and world peace. It was a highlight of the entire trip to meet these children and talk with them for awhile."
ww2  wwii  japan  hiroshima  war  scottberkun  via:unthinkingly  2013 
february 2014 by robertogreco
Hiroshima: The Lost Photographs, now an exhibition at the International Center for Photography: Observatory: Design Observer
"Partly as a result of the following essay, which was originally posted on Design Observer in 2008, the International Center for Photography in New York is exhibiting a selection of these photographs. The exhibition, Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 runs from May 20-August 38, 2011. A catalogue, which contains an extended version of this essay, is also available. A video trailer for the exhibition is here:"
japan  photography  history  hiroshima  nagasaki  wwii  ww2 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Why did Japan surrender? - The Boston Globe
"Sixty-six years ago, we dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Now, some historians say that’s not what ended the war."
wwii  ww2  japan  us  history  surrender  hiroshima  nagasaki  war  military 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Tijuana artist Shinpei Takeda « Stairs to nowhere
"Shinpei Takeda, a Japanese artist based in Tijuana, has extensively researched survivors of the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. He puts his research into form in an artistic and architectural intervention called, “Alpha Decay,” which opens at the Tijuana Cultural Center at 7 p.m. Friday Dec. 3."
art  japan  nagasaki  hiroshima  tijuana  history  classideas  shinpeitakeda  us 
december 2010 by robertogreco
The Documentary About Hiroshima and Nagasaki The U.S. Didn't Want Us to See | Motherboard
"After its completion, the Japanese filmmakers were told to pack up all their materials and send them to America. While keeping some footage secreted away in the false ceiling of the cinematographer’s studio, they sent the rest of their footage, knowing that they were risking detention if they didn’t. They also knew that anything they sent to America might never be seen again.

It wouldn’t have been, if not for the determination of an American Army filmmaker named Daniel McGovern. Responsible for producing miltiary documentaries in Japan, he supported the work of the Japanese documentarians; once back in the U.S., he even attempted to pave the way for a national release of the film through Warner Brothers in 1946, holding previews for the press.

Officials quickly nixed those plans. …print was discovered, some two decades later…he was told in a letter that “reports of censorship remain unjustified.”

The original negative and production materials are missing to this day."
documentary  nagasaki  hiroshima  us  japan  wwii  ww2  atomicbomb  nuclear  history  classideas 
august 2010 by robertogreco

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