Remember – Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

Words can never capture the terror of Hiroshima’s fiery destruction.

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Even in the aftermath of such fear, pain and loss, the heart and spirit are boundless in their ability to forgive. Within a couple of years of the firebomb sweeping through their city, children from a Hiroshima school sent a series of pictures to the congregation of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. as a thank you for the gifts the parishioners had sent them.

Source: Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

Play, beauty and joy are recurring themes in the nearly 50 pictures that were uncovered in a congregation member’s home in 1996. The documentary film, Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard, by director Bryan Reichhardt tells the story of these timeless drawings full of light and life.

Source: Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

If you’re in the vicinity of UCLA Berkley, the pictures are on exhibit at the Institute of East Asian Studies until September 12, 2012 – In the Shadow of Hiroshima: Childrens’ Visions of Life. The documentary will be screened there on August 10 at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with an observance of the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.

Hug your kids today, get out and play.

2 responses to “Remember – Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

  1. Those pictures are amazing. It’s really quite remarkable how a playground can bring a community together, even after such tragedy.

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