Monday, August 6, 2012

Hiroshima & Nagasaki - art from survivors (video)

A-bomb Drawings by Survivors

(原爆の絵ーヒロシマを伝える )

This is the second edition of the pictures drawn by atomic bomb survivors, published by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in 2007.

In 2002, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum supported by the NHK Hiroshima Studio, Chiugoku Press and other organization collected 1338 drawing from 484 persons for the second time and put them on special exhibition between 2002 to 2003 at the Museum and also on the website (

The Museum edited and catalogued 1200 drawings for the book "原爆の絵ーヒロシマを伝える - A-bomb Drawings by Survivors" in Japanese and English and printed by the Iwanami Books (岩波書店 ) in 2007. The book is available at the Museum Bookstore in Hiroshima.

Storm Over Nagasaki

(長崎原爆絵巻 崎陽のあらし)

The picture scroll dipiciting the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki was drawn by Mr. Noritaka Fukami who was a soldier assigned to the Nagasaki Fortress Headquarters at the time of Atomic Bombing on August 9. 1945.

Mr. Fukami was born on September 20, 1919 in Pyongyang, Korea, Empire of Japan. He inherited a talent of painting from his art teacher father. He won the Grand Prix Award for the All Japan Tourism Poster Contest while he was a student of the Kagoshima Commerce High School, and his work was exhibited at the Boston Museum of Arts in the United States in 1941 befor the War.

In 1942 he was drafted into the Imperial Japanese Army and was assigned to the Nagasaki Fortress Headquarters, 3,500 meters from the Hypocenter at the time of the Atomic Bombing. When he entered the Ground Zero to survay the damage, he personally witnessed the davastation of the Atomic Bombing.

After the War, he returned to his hometown and taught art at the junior high school and painted this scroll in summer of 1946. After suffering from radiation sickness, he killed himself on July 2, 1951 at age 31.

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