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THE HIROSHIMA PANELS

Click on the thumbnails to see the full image of each panels and read the texts by Toshi Maruki.

1 GHOST
GHOST
2 FIRE
FIRE
3 WATER
WATER
4 RAINBOW
RAINBOW
5 BOYS AND GIRLS
BOYS AND GIRLS
6 ATOMIC DESERT
ATOMIC DESERT
7 BAMBOO THICKET
BAMBOO THICKET
8 RESCUE
RESCUE
9 YAIZU
YAIZU
10 PETITION
PETITION
11 MOTHER AND CHILD
MOTHER AND CHILD
12 FLOATING LANTERNS
FLOATING LANTERNS
13 DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR
DEATH OF AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR
14 CROWS
CROWS
15 NAGASAKI
NAGASAKI

I "GHOSTS"

GHOSTS

It was a procession of ghosts
in an instant all clothing buerned off
hands,faces,and breasts swelled.

The purple blisters on their skin
were soon burst and peeled off
hanging down like pieces of rags.

With hands lifted half up,
they were ghosts in procession.
Dragging their ragged skin behind them
exhausted,
they fell down moaning in heaps
and died one after another.

At center of explosion,
the temperature reached six thousand degrees.
A human shadow remaind
on a stone step nearby.
Could a body vaporize?
Did it blow away? There is no one to tell what it was like
at that moment
at the center.

Burned charred faces,
no one could tell one from another.
Voices weakened,
they told their names
but even then were unrecognized.

An infant with innocent face and delicate skin
lay asleep
Was it saved in it's mother's tender breast?
Oh,that even this one babe will awake
to rise up again


(The Hiroshima Panels I "GHOSTS" 1950, 1.8m×7.2m)