The World Hibakusha Exhibition
Photographer as Witness: Memories Told in Pictures
BY YUKO ABE
Photograph by Mizuno Katsuhiko
As we approach August and the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is a good opportunity to reflect upon the suffering caused by nuclear weapons and nuclear accidents, and yet, without having experienced or seen such horrors for ourselves, it can be difficult to grasp their meaning and easy to consign them to history. If you have a hard time contemplating what really happened in the past and what is happening now regarding radiation exposure, ‘The World Hibakusha Exhibition’ may be a great chance to think on the matter and learn about it.
Hibakusha originally referred to the people who were affected by the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and the same word now refers to people suffering from radiation exposure in general. For more than 40 years the founder of the exhibition, Ittetsu Morishita has taken photographs worldwide of people exposed to radiation. Through the perceptive filters of six photographers, the photos in the exhibition recall important stories and memories of the Hibakusha and let us become witnesses ourselves.
Take the first step in ridding the world of nuclear weapons, and visit this great event taking place in Kyoto Shokoku-ji Jotenkaku Museum from the 6th of August to the 8th of September, 2013.
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Address: 701 Shokokuji, Monzen-cho, Imadegawakarasuma Higashiiru Agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City 602-0898
Telephone : 075-241-0423
Dates : August 6, 2013 – September 8, 2013
Hours : 10:00am – 5:00pm
Access: Subway Karasuma Line to Imadegawa Station; Kyoto City Bus to “Doshisha-Mae”.
Fee : Free-entrance (You could donate to their activities.)