Wednesday, November 4, 2015

N A G A S A K I part two

Thursday, November 5 -

For some reason, I was unable to upload more photographs onto the last blog post about / on Nagasaki, so here are the rest. This is the Nagasaki National peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims:

Nagasaki Medical College Architecture

 Somehow this horse was not supposed to die. I imagine him too strong and abled. But he perished.

There are multiple lounge areas


tiny balls of glass formed from the heat of the A-Bomb - through a magnifying glass

the very first thing you encounter when you walk into the actual exhibition area in the Atomic Bomb museum is this melted deformed steel tower with a ladder - the lights go off and on, slowly, shifting throughout the big dark room from Mitsubishi stones to Cathedral ruins to this....

another lounge viewing area with 3D glasses to view the virtual rendition of Hiroshima after the bombing - way too sanitized but perhaps able to reach some younger audience members?

phone wire

A phallic A-bombed glass bottle that you can touch

Detail of a scroll painted by Mr. Noritaka Fukami

Back in the Peace park - many countries gave Nagasaki sculptures for the park - from Cuba to this one from New Zealand 

love these very Japanese-German Modernist park benches that I saw no one sitting on

 Dr. Nagai Takashi is famous - wrote 17 books from his sick/deathbed - suffered from leukemia due to his overexposure to radiation due to being a doctor and using x-rays (hello, Alice Stewart!) and then to the A-Bomb. He became a Catholic during the war when his wife sent him a book on Catholic dogma and lived in this little hut that friends built for him with his 2 children. His wife died instantly from the A-bomb at home in her kitchen - her rosary a molten mass. He started a library next door that is still in use, upstairs of the museum in his honor, all about hium. I learned so much. His favorite, most important mantra, saying is to love others  / do unto others as you would so love done unto you....

his death mask

He looks like Ethan Hawke, doesn't he? Helen Keller visited him.

the library

The current director who communicated with me in French (as he is a retired French Professor from Nagasaki University) at the Japanese Aggression Museum - a bizarre and important and forlorn place about the history of all of Japan's atrocities - from Korea to China...

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