Hi, I’m Hijiri Tomiyama.
As my friends explained already, we held the exibition of Hibakushas’ testimonies at the University of Tokyo.
Our group wanted to show Hibakushas’
a kind of philosophical views of their experiences through this work. So we tried to choose pictures which express their cheerful faces and phrases which quote their positive statements.
There are those who hate the war or the atomic bomb itself , and those who hate the Japan and America because of their mistakes , and many of them tell that they are distressed by a feeling of guilt about their survival.In fact,we don’t experience the atomic bomb , so we can only image their physical and mental pain and feel so sorry. Their conflicts are too complicated for us to understand completely. They are tormented by the fact that even though a lot of their family and friends died , they still survive. They say “we were lucky enough”.
However , in spite of their hard experiences , they have to get over it and continue to live in this world. One of Hibakushas’ said that “It’s part of my life , actually”. We cannot and don’t want to believe that such a cruel event was real , but for them , it was a crucial part of their life . But it seems that they are accepting their experience as reality for me. When we heard their testimonies , we feel not only their grief but also their strength from their attitude.
Thank you for your reading.