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Hiroshima Resilience Project: Online Tours of Hiroshima Before, During and After the Atomic Bomb

The Hiroshima Resilience Project (HRP) pairs live online presenters/facilitators with virtual technology to tell the story of Hiroshima, before, during and after the atomic bombing.

VR view of Nakajima district in Hiroshima CIty

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 HRP presents these different but surprisingly complementary narratives in order for participants to gain new understanding of this pivotal event. In doing so, the HRP inspires 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 transform their city into the beautiful “City of Peace” that inspires millions around the world today.

The HRP utilizes CG renderings, AI colorized photos, virtual simulations, rare historical film footage, interactive polls, discussion sessions, and introspective activities on a Google Earth platform.

Busy Street – Pre 1945 Hiroshima

The HRP 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 RayMat@ume.org or Mary Popeo at Mary@peaceculturevillage.org for additional information.

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