Entering a City in Ruins

Signs of Reconstruction

Even though the war ended, shortages grew more severe, with many people left homeless or lacking adequate food and clothing. Life was extremely difficult for everyone. Furthermore, the affects of the A-bomb had undermined the health of the survivors. Despite the harsh circumstances, the city slowly forged a path toward recovery. The medical team even filmed scenes of an autumn festival celebrated within the city.


Vibrant Autumn Festival

October 19, 1945 Taken by Japan Film Corporation
This photograph captures a scene from the Autumn Festival held in the Koi district in thanks for a productive harvest. Local people are shouldering the "Tawara-momi" containing chaff-filled straw bags. Along with this festival, the Chugoku Region Recovery Foundation planned a Recovery Festival.