Hiroshima


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 1

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost discuss the way the symbolism of the Atomic Bomb Dome has changed over time, especially in the period following the Cold War and the occurrence of other humanitarian disasters. Later in this clip they compare the representation of the A-Dome to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, and the ways in which the two sites may relate or compete with each other within the sphere of international peace.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 2

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost consider how the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park have been normalised over time and examine the way the local community continues to debate whether there is a need for constant remembrance and peace promotion. The architecture of the structure is also analysed, with particular emphasise placed on how the structure evokes spirituality and simultaneously, destruction.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 3

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost discuss the preservation history of the Atomic Bomb Dome and the debate that surrounded the decision to conserve the site as a symbol off peace. Furthermore, they compare the preservation efforts that took place in Nagasaki and examine the ways different stakeholders influence the ongoing memorialisation of the site.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 4

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost discuss the way the Atomic Bomb Dome has been used overtime as a symbol of atomic peace and international nuclear disarmament. Following on from this, Winter and Frost explore how the post-war urban reconstruction of Hiroshima included the development of the peace park - a visual symbol of Japan's progression towards modernity and commitment to global humanity. The sites designation as World Heritage and the management issues that are then associated with such a listing are also touched upon.


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 5

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost analyse how the Atomic Bomb Dome is viewed nationally within the public's consciousness, as well as question whether it is appropriate to consider sites of dark tourism in terms of their aesthetics. Following on from this they examine the complexity of the iconography of the site as both an international symbol of ultimate destruction and ongoing global peace. Finally they consider the ways in which the Peace Park has become a normalised civic space and how this alters peoples perception of the Atomic Bomb Dome. 


Hiroshima Peace Memorial - Part 6

 
 

Tim Winter and Mark Frost conclude their visit to the Atomic Bomb Dome by discussing how local and international political tensions become entangled in the history and memorialisation of the site, as well as highlight how the discourse of peace is now being used as a guise to booster nationalism in the East Asian region. Further to this they question why the Hiroshima Peace Memorial was individually listed on the World Heritage List, and not jointly with ruin sites in Nagasaki. Lastly they discuss the ambiguous nature of the site as it has transformed from a 20th Century manufacturing building into a monument for peace.


 

Hiroshima Castle

Mark Frost and Tim Winter discuss the history of Hiroshima Castle and the reconstruction process that took place following World War II, including the reproduction ideology that forms part of Japanese preservation methods. Further to this, they analyse the debate that surrounded the decision to rebuild the structure, which was originally a site of military strength, in a city now deemed as symbol of peace. Lastly, they discuss the way the city of Hiroshima has been internationally appropriated as a city of peace and how a structure such as this has been reconstructed to fit within that ideology.