THE HIROSHIMA PANELS AND THE TRUTH OF WAR
MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS, established by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki, husband and wife,
is famous for its message for peace all over the world.
Nearly at the end of the World War II, two atmic bombs were dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which destroyed more than 300,000 lives.
Japanese-style painter Iri Maruki, born uin Hiroshima, and Western-style painter Toshi Maruki went into
Hiroshima city just three days after the bombing.
They were shocked by the terrible disaster caused by the atmic bombs.
They made decision to make victims' agony, sufferings and wishes for peace known to everybody and spent 30 years painting the great, all 15, "HIROSHIMA PANELS".
They were, of course, aware of the responsibility of Japanese people as murderers.
Those paintings of 'Nanking Massacre,' 'Auschwitz' and 'Minamata' gained support among all the people around the world and Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1995.
Maruki Gallery also permanently exhibits magnificent landscape paintings by Iri Maruki, wonderful drawings and
vivid original pictures for picture books by Toshi Maruki and warmhearted paintings of Suma Maruki, mother of
Iri, who started painting when she was over 70 yeards old and was accepted for Inten exhibition several times.
AROUND THE GALLERY
Maruki Gallery has been taking the initiative in envioronmentalist movement, making use of natural sunlight for
inner lighting and a septic tank for sewage.
The Gallery overlooks the Tokigawa River and surrounding beautiful landscape known as the Hiki hills.
You can enjoy a barbecue on the shore of the river.
Near the gallery, you can make use of "National Women's
Education Center" for seminars and lodging.
You can also visit such nearby facilities as "Peace Museum Of Saitama," " Saitama Children's Zoo," "Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park".
Please have a nice day with wonderful pictures and wonderful natural scenery at MARUKI GALLERY.
We look forward to your coming.