Univ. of Tokyo to hold NY exhibition of A-bomb survivor experiences

The University of Tokyo is planning to hold an exhibit in New York that uses digital technology to convey the experiences of those who went through the atomic bombings in Japan.

The event will take place at the university's office in New York from Saturday for two days. The exhibit coincides with the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and a review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the UN headquarters.

Visitors will be surrounded by large screens showing the Hiroshima Archive and Nagasaki Archive websites, which display videos and photographs of about 300 hibakusha survivors.

Viewers can feel as though they are meeting hibakusha in person and hear what they experienced.

There will also be digital maps that show damaged buildings and other destruction in Ukraine caused by Russia's invasion. The maps combine satellite images and 3D data to display the scenes in great detail.

Researchers hope that the exhibit will enable people to feel the scope of destruction caused by war.

On the first day of the event, three hibakusha are scheduled to speak about their experiences.

University of Tokyo Professor Watanave Hidenori says the testimonies of hibakusha will be conveyed in a more understandable way to those who have not had much interest in the impact of the atomic bombings. He said he hopes this will be an opportunity to think about the importance of peace.