Exhibit Contents

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition consists of A-bomb photo panels, A-bomb artifacts, A-bomb survivor testimony(s), and film showing(s). The detailed contents of each exhibition will be decided through consultation with the organizer.

  1. 1. A-bomb Photo Panels
    • The dimension of each photo panel is maximum 160cm × 110cm, which can be reduced to accommodate the size of the exhibit space. The thickness of the panel is about 1cm.
      A set consists of 58 panels, including 2 large panoramas (160cm × 440cm) comprising 4 panels each and 2 medium-sized panoramas (160cm × 220cm) comprising 2 panels each.
      Text on the panels will be translated into the official language of the host city, and we will make arrangements for the panels to be continuously exhibited in the host country.

  3. 2. A-bomb Artifacts
    • Hiroshima and Nagasaki City collected and preserved a great number of valuable A-bomb artifacts that reveal the devastation of the atomic bombings. The collection includes items such as clothes A-bomb victims were wearing, a pocket watch, a roof tile exposed to heat rays, and glass melted and deformed by the fire, which will all be displayed at the exhibition. The selection and number of items will be decided through consultation with the organizer, but usually an average of 20 items is displayed per exhibition.
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    Rosary (Nagasaki)

    At the time of the explosion, more than 10 parishioners were attending a mass in the chapel of Urakami Cathedral. All of them were trapped under the building and killed instantly. This rosary was with one of those parishioners.

    Pocket Watch (Hiroshima)

    Kengo Nikawa (then, 59) was exposed while heading to his assigned building demolition site in the city center. Burned from his right shoulder to his back and head, he died on the 22nd. This watch, a treasured gift from his son Kazuo, stayed with him wherever he went.

    Junior High School Student's Uniform (Hiroshima)

    Tetsuo Kitabayashi (then, 12), a first-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Junior High School, was exposed at his building demolition work site. Seriously injured, he managed to make it home. He died in the afternoon of the 7th despite his parents' devoted care.
  5. 3. A-bomb Survivor Testimony
    • Survivors who directly experienced the atomic bombings tell their stories. These testimonies can also be given in and around the host city at schools and meeting halls for the duration of the exhibit.
  6. 4. Film Screening
    • The following films related to the A-bombings can be shown at the exhibition venue:
    Title Overview Language
    A Mother's Prayer
    30 mins.
    Documentary film calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons and world peace from the viewpoint of a mother in Hiroshima. English, French, Spanish German, Italian, Russian Korean, Chinese, Thai
    Malay, Indonesian, Arabic Portuguese, Japanese
    Hiroshima Witness Documentary
    150 mins.
    Atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima describe their experiences of the bombing.
    Total of 15 testimonies – 10 minutes each.
    Children of
    30 mins.
    Documentary on the atomic bombing in Nagasaki that presents the reality of the bombing and its devastating influence on humanity. English / Japanese
    (language option)
    On a Paper Crane Animation
    30 mins.
    Animated film for children to understand the importance of peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Based on the true story of Sadako, the girl who was exposed to A-bomb radiation and died of Leukemia when she was 12. English / French / Japanese
    (language option)
    PICA DON Animation
    10 mins.
    An animation documentary appealing for world peace by describing the disaster and tragic consequences of the A-bomb explosion in Hiroshima, on August 6th, 1945. Silent film
  7. 5. Paper Crane Booth
    • Paper cranes are considered a symbol of peace, so every year a great number of them are sent to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is based on the story of Sadako Sasaki who was exposed to the A-bomb at age two and developed an A-bomb disease ten years later, which led to her death at age 12. Believing that folding paper cranes would lead to her recovery, she continued folding them until the very end.
      Organizers can set up a paper crane corner where visitors can fold paper cranes as a contribution to peace.

    • < Items necessary to set up a Paper Crane Booth >
      Origami paper 1,000 sheets (can be delivered to the organizer upon request)
      Instructions for folding a paper crane PDF
      Instructions for stringing together paper cranes PDF
    • If you send a completed set of paper cranes to us, we will place them at the Children's Peace Monument inside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park