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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

II "FIRE"

FIRE

"PIKA!" The blue-white light of the flash
the explosion--
the force--
the heat wave--
Never in heaven or on earth
had humankind experienced this.

In an instant all burst into flames
and the ruins were ablaze.
The dead silence of the vast desert
broken.

Some fell senseless under fallen debris,
others desperately digging out.
All consumed by the crimson.

Glass shards pierced bellies,
arms and legs were lost.
People fell and were taken by the fire.

"Hurry! Get out, quick!"
someone shouted.
"I can't!" came the mother's cry
from beneath the heavy beams.
"Then, the child!" the other shouted.
"You must escape yourself!
My child will be die with me.
She would only be lost streets."
Helping hands were pushed away.

And mother and child were devoured
by swift flames of vermillion.


(The Hiroshima Panels II "FIRE" 1950, 1.8m×7.2m)