2021 / Cultural News Webinar Oct. 1, 7:00PM / Hiroshima Reconstruction After Atomic Bombing: Atomic Bomb Dome


Left: Hiroshima Prefecture Products Exhibition Hall in 1915. Right: Hiroshima Prefecture Products Exhibition Hall in 1945

Cultural News presents free webinar “Hiroshima Reconstruction After Atomic Bombing” series, “Atomic Bomb Dome” on Friday, October 1, from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in Pacific Time.

Registrations are required to participate in this free webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-T5ghFxbTj-euNG6FfFXWg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, was registered as the World Heritage in 1996.

The building structure with a dome on top experienced the Atomic Bombing on August 6, 1945, was originally Hiroshima Prefecture Products Exhibition Hall built in 1915 by Czech architect Jan Letzel.

Why did the Czech architect come to Hiroshima in 1910s?

How was this building used before WWII and during the war?

The webinar will answer these questions.

The future of the Atomic Bomb Dome was not known until July 1996 when the Hiroshima City Council resolved the permanent preservation of the dome. And national campaign raised enough fund to execute series of preservation works.

The speaker of this webinar is Mr. Manabu Yamasaki from Hiroshima. Yamasaki is a retired city planner of the Hiroshima City Municipality, and a leader of public space utilization movement in Hiroshima.

Panelists are: Ms. Akiko Furutani, President of Hiroshima Interpreters and Guides Association; Mr. Ken Koshio, Hiroshima Taiko Preservation International in Phoenix, AZ; Ms. Kikuko Otake in Los Angeles (5 years old in 1945 in Hiroshima); Mr. Ikunosuke Mike Kawamura in San Diego (2 years old in 1945 in Hiroshima).

MC is Shige Higashi, Editor & Publisher of Cultural News.