Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Hiroshima’s Bombing

Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Hiroshima’s Bombing

With the mournful sound of a Buddhist temple bell and the release of a flock of doves, a crowd of 55,000 people on Friday solemnly marked the moment 65 years ago when the world’s first atomic attack incinerated Hiroshima under a towering mushroom cloud.  For first time, a representative of the United States, Ambassador John V. Roos, participated in the annual ceremony, raising hopes of a visit by a more prominent guest, President Obama, who is scheduled to be in Japan in November.  Calls for President Obama to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki have spread in Japan not only since his Prague speech, but also after he won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

Akihiro Takahashi, 79, the former head of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and a bombing survivor, stated: “We want President Obama to see with his own eyes what really happened here. This will give him stronger willpower to eliminate nuclear weapons.”

Remembering the Tragic Aftermath of the Hiroshima Bomb

The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Shadowplay: The Ghosted Images of Hiroshima’s Unforgettable “Shadows”

Shadowplay is an animated stop-motion short film, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Film Festival Best Short Award, the 2002 Student Academy Award (Bronze) and the 2003 Student Emmy Award (Gold).  In August of 1945, in a closing chapter of World War II, a blinding flash lit the sky over Hiroshima.  In that searing light, huge slabs of concrete worked like emulsion paper, creating silhouetted photographs of that split-second of power.  Only shadows were left of  the people who had been going about their everyday lives: a man washing a window, one casually entering a bank and another about to whip his horse.  No other word more aptly describes these ghosted images in Hiroshima other than “haunting.”  Shadowplay is the story of Akio, a shadow of a young boy, who wanders around the devastated city searching for his family, while trying to make sense of the unfathomable atrocity.

Shadowplay: The Ghosted Images of Hiroshima’s Unforgettable “Shadows”

Slide Show: Commemorating the 65th Anniversary of Hiroshima’s Bombing

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