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From Broken to Beautiful: The Hiroshima Peace and Resilience Project

Hiroshima children playing inside the Atomic Bomb Dome “playground” in 1948

The Hiroshima Peace and Resilience Project (HPRP) pairs live online presenters/facilitators with virtual technology to inspire resilience in participants through the story of Hiroshima, before, during and after the atomic bombing.

The HPRP utilizes CG renderings, AI colorized photos, virtual simulations, rare historical film footage, interactive polls and introspective activities to tell the extraordinary story of how Hiroshima rebuilt itself in the image of peace after the atomic bombing.

VR view of Nakajima district in Hiroshima City pre-1945

The story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima is of tragedy, catastrophe and loss. However, it is also one of hope, optimism and moving forward. The HPRP presents these different but surprisingly complementary narratives in order for participants to gain new understanding of this pivotal event. In doing so, the HPRP invites participants to think deeply about the concept of resilience and its role in their lives.  

6 year old Toshiko Tanaka

Throughout this journey, participants follow the story of Toshiko, a 6-year-old hibakusha (survivor) of the bombing. Through Toshiko, participants first experience what happened on August 6, 1945 and then join her and the resilient citizens of Hiroshima to heal, unite and rebuild their community into the beautiful “City of Peace” that inspires millions around the world today.

HPRP sessions run from 60 – 90 mins and can be specifically tailored to participants’ needs.

Busy Street – Pre 1945 Hiroshima

The HPRP is a joint venture between the UME Oleander Initiative in Cambridge, MA, USA and Peace Culture Village in Hiroshima, Japan. Please contact Ray Matsumiya at or Mary Popeo at for additional information.

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