Published on 2nd September 2013

Hikari

  • Mishiko was the sister of my grandfather. She fell ill during the second war, doctors diagnosed him a poor hydration. In Japan, watermelon is a fruit very popular and holds much water. So his parents gave him regularly. But the diagnosis was wrong and it was a salt deficiency and she died shortly after.

  • On June 18, 1945, 25 B29 laid naval mines in waters near Kobe.

  • Translated, PIKA means the lightning and DON means the explosion, representing what was seen and heard when the atomic bombs were detonated.

  • Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It was based on the semi-autobiographical novel of the same name by Akiyuki Nosaka.

  • The sound is a very important part of the war memories of my grandparents (the explosions, the holings, the sound of the B-29,...)
    Baoummm, as painted on the print, is the onomatopoeia of an explosion.

  • In May 1942, to preserve the Himeji castle, the dungeon was camouflaged. In December 1943, the towers and walls followed.

  • Sadako was a young girl living in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped. Years later, she developed leukemia and was hospitalized in 1955 and given a year to live. During a hospital visit Sadako’s best friend folds an origami crane as an old Japanese story says that who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. As Sadako didn’t manage to fold all 1,000 cranes, her friends folded the remaining ones and buried them with her. She died in 1955 aged 12.

  • London College of Communication,
    LensCulture Exposure Award,
    2014