Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Brian Jaress
Tags: japan, photos

A man looks at a statue of the bomb

Katie and I visited the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum (長崎原爆資料館) over the weekend. The museum is in Nagasaki City (長崎市) where the second bomb was dropped.

Parts of the museum are architecturally beautiful, with a dramatic entrance hall and a waterfall fountain. Katie mentioned that the large fountain is because so many people died wanting water.

Waterfall fountain

Entrance hall

Entrance hall

I found myself taking pictures almost exclusively of the bits of wreckage, things melted and broken in the blast.

Melted glass bottle

Melted rosary

Fragment of a kettle

I did take a few pictures of things with pieces of bone in them, but not of the photographs or artwork. I don’t know exactly why. Some of the photos were disturbing, showing people with patches of skin burned off or simply burned corpses, but some showed only blasted landscape. The art included paper cranes symbolizing peace.

Helmet with the remains of a skull

Melted glass with bits of bone

It might have been that I see taking and posting pictures as a form of expression and only felt comfortable overlaying that on the architecture and found artifacts. Or it might have been something else. All I really know is that I noticed myself only taking certain kinds of pictures and decided to continue.

Bent metal

Crumpled metal

Disfigured bridge signs

To end on a lighter note, we took a ferry on the way there and back. There were lots of seagulls flying right by the boat, and you could buy bread to feed them.

Seagulls flying past the ferry

Seagulls circling past