Category Archives: Hiroshima Day

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.

The Day Play Was Vaporized

Sixty-six years ago, humanity reached a low point. A searing flash of destruction on an incomprehensible scale above Hiroshima brought life, play and hope to a screaming stop.

Take a moment to think of the victims of that atomic blast. Remember also that armed conflict, natural disasters and famine continue to take their toll around the world. Children are always the most vulnerable in these situations.

Life, play and hope were reborn in Hiroshima. August 6 also commemorates the strength of the human spirit, its capacity to rebuild, to re-imagine, to re-dream.

What actions can we take to help bring about the possibility of play and peace in areas of conflict and disaster?

Here’s a kid powered idea to help with the Japanese tsunami rebuild – Paper Cranes for Japan.

Free the Children is a kid led organization based in Canada that is supporting sustainable projects throughout the world.

There is plenty of good work being done by individuals and organizations at the local and global levels. Find a cause that you can support through financial contributions or personal participation. Make the world a better place.

Go to the Peace Shadow Project for more on Hiroshima remembrance.