Nuclear weapons can be eliminated: Exhibition of original pictures of illustrated book about Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

An exhibition of original pictures of an illustrated book that will introduce the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, a road map for nuclear abolition, will be held in the Oriental Hotel Hiroshima from July 31 to September 9. Seitaro Kuroda, 70, an artist and a resident of Kitakyushu, has created the illustrations to depict the protocol. Admission to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition will display 20 original pictures from the book, including one in which Mr. Kuroda has, side by side, drawn a mushroom cloud and a vase of flowers in the form of an upside-down mushroom cloud in order to contrast war with peace. About 80 pictures that Mr. Kuroda has drawn on the theme of peace will also be displayed at the exhibition.

The project to create the illustrated book, to be published in July, is being coordinated by the “YES! Campaign,” a citizens’ group composed of roughly 20 volunteers from Hiroshima. The group, for which Yoko Nishimura serves as secretary general, appealed to Mr. Kuroda for his participation. As the Oriental Hotel Hiroshima expressed support for the group’s aim to disseminate information on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, the exhibition has been arranged for this venue.

Mr. Kuroda received the Kodansha Cultural Award in 1985. In the wake of nuclear tests by France in 1995, he released an illustration with the image of a mushroom cloud. On August 3, the group will invite Mr. Kuroda to take part in an event where he will spontaneously add color to his pictures for peace accompanied by music and song. Advance tickets are 4,300 yen.

(Originally published on June 9, 2009)

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