Saturday, August 6, 2016

Day of Hiroshima A-Bomb : Hiroshima Archive

Today is the commemorable day, in our human history, Atomic bomb was dropped to the city of 350,000 population at 8:15 am, August 6th, 1945. it killed around 140,000 people*.

By coincidence, Olympic, festival for peace celebrated its opening at 8 pm, local time in Brazil, 8 am Aug 6th Japan time.
Fernando Meirelles, the director of the movie; City of God (2002), produced the opening of Rio Olympic, included the message for peace through the performance by Japanese descendant. 
Sadako's statue in Hiroshima Peace Park

May, this year, historical Hiroshima visit of the President Obama had happened, which was dramatic and received favorably by many Japanese. Not only the victims but also people concern of this matter commemorate this day for this year with special sentiment.

Remembering the day,there are several events must be held in the different parts of the world.
It is nice to visit these historical sites of Hiroshima. However, it is quite difficult to be there so I can visit the online-archive, Hiroshima Archive.  Tokyo Metropolitan University created the archive. It integrates historical document of Hiroshima atomic bomb and testimony of victims on the google map.

To create this archive, high school students interviewed these victims. So, these youth can be the story teller of our generation.
I assume it is very heavy responsibility as high school students. According the article, the project implementer thought of emotional impact which these interviewees have. In fact, data gathering required the strong commitment.

Because of involvement of local youth, victims may have shared their stories. This project surely encourage youth to participate for peace related activities because the archive is very accessible and visually attracts general audience.

* until now, number of death is not clear. According to the official Hiroshima city website, December 1945, 140,000 people died. From 1.2 km from the ground zero, 50% of people there died in the same day. Less than 1.2 km, 80-100% people died.

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