What could memories of Hiroshima give us?
How and where should we go with them?
This summer "Little Hiroshima" will open in Tokyo, giving us a chance to more deeply know and feel Hiroshima.
Three areas:"Listening" "Learning" "Knowing"
are set up for you to experience as hints for your thinking.
Find your own answers and share them with us in the area "Succeeding".
- August 6(Thur.),2015
*A part of the event will be performed at the same time as Toro-nagashi festival in the area of Motoyasukawa River in Hiroshima, August 6 (Thur.)
POLEPOLE-Za Bldg.1F Higashinakano 4-4-1, Nakano-ku Tokyo 164-0003
August 3 is space's regular closing day.
Exhibition(free) : open 14:00 to 18:00 on August 2,
open 7:45 to 9:00 / 12:00 to 17:30 on August 6
Hiroshima - 3rd Generation Exhibition: Succeeding to History is run by the group of creators mainly in
In this project, every member, including the representative, will directly face so profound theme: "War and Peace" for almost the first time.
In 2015, 70 years after the World War II, our generation without any experience of a world war should have a decisive will to know, learn, and listen to what happened in the past, think about what it really means, and try to find our own answers.
We suggest that it should be important for us to not only accept it but also connect it with our own reality.
For this year on, all over the country, we will set up a spot for you to find and take the first step, that is, Hiroshima - 3rd Generation Exhibition: Succeeding to History.
Memory keepers are determined to pass on their experience in Hiroshima A-bombing to the next generation and talk.
Do the listeners, however, really know their determination and feel their given mission?
They might passively listen to them and accept just what happened in the past.
For the transfer of their a-bomb memories, speakers and listeners should be both there.
One way of telling does not realize the transfer. It needs collaborative efforts on both sides.
"Succeeding" originally means to keep things going on and not to stop it.
It refers to connect two things, or graft something to another to grow --
that is to say -- their telling War' s experiences should be an action to hand it down to the second, or the third generation.
When I notice that " I " myself also should be "the one who pass on what was succeeded," I cannot help concentrate on and get drawn into what memory keepers are talking about the day.
"Is Peace ‘boring' ?"
500 days of discussions between Himeyuri students and young people ( 2006) Iwanami Shoten, Publishers
Old days continue in our time. Let's trace back from 2015 to 70-year-ago Hiroshima through
Hiroshima landscape photographs.
Photos from Makoto Oikawa, Sanae Yamamoto (2015), Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Original illustrations in "HIROSHIMA – A Tragedy Never to Be Repeated" (Fukuinkan) are on
display. The illustrator, Shigeo Nishimura, who had stayed at Hiroshima for a long time and made so
many minute interviews with An A-bomb survivors, realized the most realistic scenes of 70-year-ago
Illustrations from Shigeo Nishimura
Details of A – bombing on Hiroshima and actual conditions of devastations are displayed.
Panels from Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Books and illustrated books full of hints for peace study are introduced.
During the event, A-bombing survivors, memory keepers, and peace volunteers welcome you in this area. Feel free to talk about whatever you want to know or ask about Hiroshima. Sponsors and promotors are always staying to help you.
What are Hiroshima memory keepers feeling now, and trying to pass on?
Records of interviews with 8 people, including An A-bomb survivors, memory keepers who give lectures on Hiroshima abroad, and peace volunteers are displayed.
An A-bomb survivor
An A-bomb survivor
An A-bomb survivor
An A-bomb survivor
delegate of Peace Porter Project
a Hiroshima-based group which carries out peacekeeping activities
memory keeper of A-bombed experience
For "Let's make a Floating lantern workshop", "Lamplight concert" and "Reciting
a drama event", please make an appointment on Reservation form
The acceptable number of participants is limited according to the event space or conditions.
Let's make a Floating lantern and put your message onto it, talking with An A-bomb survivors and memory keepers from Hiroshima there. Peace Porter Project will bring the Floating lanterns you made to Hiroshima and let them float on the river on Toro Nagashi Festival, August 6th.
Musicians and performers from Hiroshima are facing the day of August 6.
"When we were children in Hiroshima, in the morning on August 6, we watched peace
memorial ceremonies with any channels of TV."
On the last day of this event, August 6, doors will be open from the early morning, broadcasting the peace memorial ceremony in Hiroshima on the screen. Let's offer a silent prayer together for the victims at 8:15. Let's experience the morning in Hiroshima here in Tokyo.
original author: Hisashi Inoue
Event reservation will complete with reply mail with serial number.
If you reserve with more than one person,please write down other people's name, age (school year in the case of students) in the remarks column.
* We stopped accepting applications because there is no more place available.
Place space&cafe POLEPOLE-Za
Tokyo, Nakano-ku Higashinakano 4-4-1 POLEPOLE-Za Bldg. 1F
On Motoyasu River in Hiroshima, where Toro Nagashi Festival.
* NHK Hiroshima interview of reciting the drama "Titi to Kuraseba – Living with my father"
* Youtube music video "Yunagi - an Evening calm" by Ryoko Kubota
My hometown is Hiroshima, and my grandmother is a A-bomb survivor.
Last year, I had a chance to teach a reciter Hiroshima dialect who would read aloud a drama "Titi to Kuraseba – Living with my father," which story was set in Hiroshima. Coordinating this reciting event in Hiroshima, I faced again August 6.
I was deeply impressed by the sincere attitude of the reciter and actress, who tried hard to receive the messages from Hiroshima A-bombing tragedy and recite the story with her whole heart. She is from one other prefecture. This gave me an opportunity to reconsider what I – I am from Hiroshima –should and have to do for my hometown.
First of all, I made my feelings into a song "Yunagi—an Evening calm" with my impressions through the reciting event.
For making a music video for this song, I visited several places and people associated with the
Through the experiences, I felt naturally and deeply the warmth, pain, and strength rooted in Hiroshima.
"The 3rd generation, who has grown up without any experience of the war, should succeed to the A-bombing memories and the survivor' s feelings." We know its importance in mind, but we might not be aware of it enough without any opportunity for that in our real life. In the meantime, the voice of the A-bomb survivors tends to get weakened with the passing of the years.
In the questionnaire to 1,526 A-bomb victims all over the country, performed by Chugoku Shimbun (newspaper) in 2014, there was a question "What kind of action do you think will be the most effective for handing down your A-bomb experiences to the subsequent generation?(multiple answers)"
--Peace study, including school excursion to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, should be activated. 45.7%
--The second and third generation of A-bomb victims, and their family members should succeed to their memories. 37.2%
-- Next-generation professional tellers and guides such as "Memory keepers" in Hiroshima, or "Peace guide" in Nagasaki, should be brought up and continued to be supported. 33.8%
The three answers above are largely assented.
How should we work on the task of"peace study "or "succeeding to Hiroshima' s history"? When we receive the revived knowledge of the war, what should we learn from it? How should we move on with it? When the survivors tell their war memories in the present day, how should they themselves feel? What do they try to convey?
I planned this project with the artists, actors and creators from Hiroshima or other prefectures who is considering "succeeding to Hiroshima' s history".
This Exhibition aims at setting up a spot for those who are not yet familiar with peace study, especially for young people, and providing them with an opportunity to generally think about war and peace centering on A-bombed Hiroshima.
From this year on, this Exhibition will go around all over the country. It would be my extreme happiness if the visitors get a hint for their thinking about the devastation in the past, and find their own questions and answers.
*NHK Hiroshima interview of reciting the drama " Titi to Kuraseba – Living with my father"
*Youtube music video "Yunagi—an Evening calm" by Ryoko Kubota