Hugo Johnson: Time and Space PG02


Japanese Nursery Ryhmes

Since many of the Hiroshimi victims were innocent children I believe it would be fitting to use a Japanese nusery rhyme as part of the piece. Everybody loves the sound of children sing so if they are no longer giving the chance to do so it must make us ask question our responsibilities to protect the innocent.


Filed under: Audio, Hiroshima

Nazim Hikmet – Hiroshima Child

Hiroshima Child I come and stand at every door

But none can hear my silent tread

I knock and yet remain unseen

For I am dead for I am dead

I’m only seven though I died

In Hiroshima long ago

I’m seven now as I was then

When children die they do not grow

My hair was scorched by swirling flame

My eyes grew dim my eyes grew blind

Death came and turned my bones to dust

And that was scattered by the wind

I need no fruit I need no rice

I need no sweets nor even bread

I ask for nothing for myself

For I am dead for I am dead

All that I need is that for peace

You fight today you fight today

So that the children of this world

Can live and grow and laugh and play


by Nazim Hikmet

Filed under: Hiroshima

Extent of blast and fire

Filed under: Hiroshima

Photos of Atomic Bomb Victims

Filed under: Hiroshima

Black Rain


The Hiroshima and Nagasaki explosions yielded some 200 different kinds of radioactive isotopes, that is, nuclear fission particles of uranium and plutonium that escaped fission. Following the explosions, these and other materials irradiated by neutrons from the bomb, were carried high into the atmosphere.

The mixing of enormous amounts of airborne irradiated materials combined with heat and thermal currents from the firestorms led to rainfall in both cities within 30-40 minutes of the bombings. As the fallout particles were mixed with carbon residue from citywide fires, the result was the awesome—and injurious—“black rain.”

Filed under: Hiroshima

Hiroshima nuclear bomb aftermath


The fireball was 18,000 feet across.

The temperature at the centre of the fireball was as hot as the surface of the sun.


Filed under: Hiroshima, Video's

Description of the Cities Before the Bombings

Description of the Cities Before the Bombings


The city of Hiroshima is located on the broad, flat delta of the Ota River, which has 7 channel outlets dividing the city into six islands which project into Hiroshima Bay. The city is almost entirely flat and only slightly above sea level; to the northwest and northeast of the city some hills rise to 700 feet. A single hill in the eastern part of the city proper about 1/2 mile long and 221 feet in height interrupted to some extent the spreading of the blast damage; otherwise the city was fully exposed to the bomb. Of a city area of over 26 square miles, only 7 square miles were completely built-up. There was no marked separation of commercial, industrial, and residential zones. 75% of the population was concentrated in the densely built-up area in the center of the city.

Hiroshima was a city of considerable military importance. It contained the 2nd Army Headquarters, which commanded the defense of all of southern Japan. The city was a communications center, a storage point, and an assembly area for troops. To quote a Japanese report, “Probably more than a thousand times since the beginning of the war did the Hiroshima citizens see off with cries of ‘Banzai’ the troops leaving from the harbor.”

The center of the city contained a number of reinforced concrete buildings as well as lighter structures. Outside the center, the area was congested by a dense collection of small wooden workshops set among Japanese houses; a few larger industrial plants lay near the outskirts of the city. The houses were of wooden construction with tile roofs. Many of the industrial buildings also were of wood frame construction. The city as a whole was highly susceptible to fire damage.

Some of the reinforced concrete buildings were of a far stronger construction than is required by normal standards in America, because of the earthquake danger in Japan. This exceptionally strong construction undoubtedly accounted for the fact that the framework of some of the buildings which were fairly close to the center of damage in the city did not collapse.

The population of Hiroshima had reached a peak of over 380,000 earlier in the war but prior to the atomic bombing the population had steadily decreased because of a systematic evacuation ordered by the Japanese government. At the time of the attack the population was approximately 255,000. This figure is based on the registered population, used by the Japanese in computing ration quantities, and the estimates of additional workers and troops who were brought into the city may not be highly accurate. Hiroshima thus had approximately the same number of people as the city of Providence, R.I., or Dallas, Tex.

Filed under: Articles, Hiroshima


Screens could possible be more abstract, focus more on typographic, light, audio and particle treatments to tell the story?

Filed under: Hiroshima, Style Treatment

1940’s Hiroshima – pre-atomic bomb

To get a good idea of the buildings and landscape of Hiroshima I have tried to collect as many images of 1940’s Japan and Hiroshima I could find. Here are a few of them.



Filed under: Hiroshima

Animated Image Treatment

Interesting deformation of type and image. This type of look might translate well into the animated parts of the exhibition. The dissolves and deformation are reminiscent of the disfigurement that the people of Hiroshima suffered after the explosion.

Watch full sequence here:

Filed under: Exhibition Design, Hiroshima, Motion Treatment

%d bloggers like this: