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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

IX "YAIZU"

YAIZU

It was 1945.
For the first time in human history,
the Atomic Bomb was dropped over
Hiroshima.
And dropped once more over Nagasaki.

Then over Bikini Atoll,another first the Hydrogen Bomb was dropped. There a fishing boat called Lucky Dragon saild. The death ashes fell all around,and half a year later Aikichi Kuboyama died in his home port of Yaizu.

Sister's mother- and father-in-law
had hundreds of glass fragments
piercing their whole bodies.
Their ankles were swollen
as thick as thighs.
From our house we put them on a cart
and pulled it to their oldest son's home in Kaita
walking by the center of the blast.

It rained softly all day that day.
It rained often in Hiroshima after the Bomb.
Midsummer
but it seemed cold every day.

In tears she told us.
She said "Mother,forgive me!",
as she left her and ran.
Husband left wife,wife left husband,
parent left child,child left parent.
Rescue--it came later.


(The Hiroshima Panels VIII "RESCUE" 1954, 1.8m×7.2m)