Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to renew contents of audio guide narration

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum will renew the contents of the information delivered about its displays through the audio guides made available to visitors. The museum’s main building is now undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen next spring. For some of the exhibits, visitors will once again be able to listen to the narration voiced by actress Sayuri Yoshinaga.

Visitors to the museum can rent audio guides and listen to recorded information about some of the exhibits by pressing the designated number of the display. After the museum’s renovations are completed, information on 64 items will be available, an increase of eight from the previous 56. Ms. Yoshinaga will provide narration for 19 artifacts, including a charred tricycle and a lunch box.

The museum introduced the audio guide service in 2002. Asked by Minoru Hataguchi, then director of the museum, Ms. Yoshinaga volunteered to record the narration. This time, the recording was done at a studio in Nishi Ward on November 14.

By the time the museum reopens, audio guides in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean will be available. The museum is planning to add French in the near future. Shuichi Kato, the head of the museum’s curatorial division, said, “After the renovations are completed, the exhibits will also focus on how survivors lived through the difficult days after the war. We will make the narration suitable for this purpose.”

(Originally published on November 16, 2018)