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.
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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.
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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
Passing the Legacy: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
In conjunction with the opening of Under the Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Atomic Bomb, join us for a special presentation by Takuo Takigawa, Director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and testimonies followed by Q&A with Howard Kakita and Junji Sarashina, Japanese Americans who were in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped. The program will be moderated by JANM Vice President of Operations/Art Director Clement Hanami, whose mother was also an atomic bomb survivor.
The premier of Seeds, a 20-minute documentary by director Miyuki Iwasaki about the late Kazuye Suyeishi, a Japanese American atomic bomb survivor and activist, will also be included in the program. A shorter version of the film will be shown as part of the Under a Mushroom Cloud exhibition.
Included with museum admission. RSVPs are recommended using the link below.
In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum
Under a Mushroom Cloud Film Festival
In conjunction with Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, JANM is hosting a day-long Under a Mushroom Cloud Film Festival.
JANM will screen three world acclaimed films related to the atomic bombs. These films tell the story of people who were under the two mushroom clouds. JANM encourages the public to see the films and share these stories of resilience, love, and hopes for peace.
- The Face of Jizo (99 min, 2004, Director: Kazuo Kuroki)
- In This Corner of the World (129 min, 2016, Director: Sunao Katabuchi)
- Paper Lanterns (60 min, 2016, Director: Barry Frechette)
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This festival is co-presented with the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles.