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Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb

November 9, 2019 - June 7, 2020

To commemorate the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese American National Museum presents Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, organized in partnership with the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Through March 1, 2020, the exhibition will include a special display of artifacts belonging to atomic bomb victims.

On August 6, 1945, the B-29 Enola Gay released “Little Boy,” a uranium bomb, upon the population of Hiroshima. Three days later, the B-29 Bockscar dropped “Fat Man,” a plutonium bomb, over Nagasaki. These two cities were the first in human history to experience the unparalleled power and devastation of atomic bombs. In a matter of seconds, the cities were destroyed and countless lives lost. The spirits and bodies of those who survived were deeply wounded and their pain continues to this day. Some of those survivors were second-generation Japanese Americans; when the bombs were dropped, thousands of Japanese Americans were living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they were among the victims of the destruction.

In addition to photographs, explanatory texts, and artifacts belonging to bomb victims, Under a Mushroom Cloud will also include contemporary artworks that provide an array of perspectives on the effects of the atomic bombs and their impact on people today. The exhibition will shed light on this painful history and provide a safe space for discussion, in the hope that such an event never occurs to any person or country again.

Please check back for updates about the exhibition and related programs.

Premier Sponsors:
Mazda North American Operations
Otafuku Sauce Co., LTD.

Additional support provided by The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; the Hiroshima Peace Grant from the Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund; Wakunaga of America Co., Ltd.; and Philip and Masako Togo Kasloff Foundation.

Media Sponsor: The Rafu Shimpo

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Upcoming Events

Friday, November 8, 2019
7:00 PM—9:00 PM

Upper Level Members’ and VIP Reception: Under a Mushroom Cloud


Members at the Director’s Circle level and above are invited to preview Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb before it opens to the public.

Program with a light reception to follow. Invitations will be mailed in early October.

In the Aratani Central Hall



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