Hiroshima: 75 Years Later

As I have written about before (see for example, In the Shadow of the Mushroom Cloud: 75 years since the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Book Review: “The World Set Free” by HG Wells, Mushroom Cloud Art, Book Review: Hiroshima-75 edited by Aya Fujiwara and David R. Marples, and Book Review: “The Unfinished Atomic Bomb: Shadows and Reflections”), I have had an interest in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as other aspects of atomic/nuclear weapons, for many years. Other than some discussion in my book Japan: The Basics, most of my knowledge and interest has been for personal consumption and when I have taught classes or given a lecture on the topic. The topic will feature, however, in my next monograph about ‘visual packaging culture‘ as well as my next novel.

Today I am doing a re-blog of a post by one of my PhD student, Lauren Constance (WordPress (note that the address has changed so the direct links below may not work), Twitter) about the documentary “Hiroshima: 75 Years Later”. I found this to be a very good documentary, but don’t have many thoughts to add to Lauren’s post about it.

Lauren Constance

(Image from https://www.discoveryplus.co.uk/show/hiroshima-75-years-later)

I find I write best in the mornings, but by about 3 or 4 o’clock in the afternoon, I hit a wall and I know that I’ve reached my limit of computer-work. Instead of finishing up for the day, I decided to watch a documentary that I’ve had on my watchlist for a good few weeks now called Hiroshima: 75 Years Later (2020) which runs for about 80 minutes and is available to watch on Discovery +.

Since my PhD is about eyewitness testimony of historical events in Japan, I was especially interested in the programme’s promise to include ‘Never-before-seen footage and audio accounts from victims’ . What we actually got was a very extensive insight into the planning and science behind, detonation of, and American survey of the effects of the bomb. Although survivor testimony was occasionally juxtaposed with testimony from the scientists and Paul Tibbets…

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