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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

VII "BAMBOO THICKET"

BAMBOO THICKET

Bamboo thicket were the only shelter
for the people.
"It wasn't an earthquake.
But what was it?"
"A ball of flame bombs?"
"It was some kind of bomb."
"No,it was a death ray."
"There was a flash and boom..."
"No,there wasn't any boom in Hiroshima.
It must have been too loud.
Only flash--PIKA!"
The people called that unknown thing PIKA.

Just outside Hiroshima
stood mane bamboo thickets.
The bamboo stalks were all burnt
on the side facing the city center.
The homeless found refuge in the thickets
and there one by one
breathed their final breaths.

We no longer had the courage
to answer the pleas for help.
There was no more space in our house
for the wounded to lie.

Among the multitude of corpses under Mitaki Bridge,
a human figure
whose age or sex no one could tell,
finally slumped in death on August 26.
After all those long days since August 6.

There was no one to take away the corpses--
A typhoon and flood in early September
carried the all way
out to sea.


(The Hiroshima Panels VII "BAMBOO THICKET" 1954, 1.8m×7.2m)