Exhibition of ”shadow pictures” depicts children’s lives before the atomic bombing

by Yu Yamada, Staff Writer

The “Modest Wishes” Shadow Pictures Exhibition opened on the first floor lobby of the Chugoku Shimbun building in downtown Hiroshima on May 7, 2008. The shadow pictures appeal for peace through scenes depicting the children of Hiroshima at play prior to the atomic bombing.

Artist Yuko Hamasaki, 40, who lives in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, visited the cities of Hiroshima and Hatsukaichi and interviewed A-bomb survivors to create shadow pictures based on their memories. The shadow pictures, made of black paper cutouts and colorful cellophane sheets, bring to life fanciful scenes of children playing in a river or climbing up a tree.

Masumi Takabayashi, 53, a representative of the citizens' group that organized the exhibition, remarked, “We hope people will feel a sense of what was lost due to the bombing.” The exhibition is open from 9:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. every day, except weekends, until May 30. Admission is free.