Nagasaki


Urukami Cathedral - Part 1

 
 

Edward Vickers, Tim Winter and Mark Frost visit the Hypocentre Park in Nagasaki to discuss the history of the Catholic Community in Nagasaki and the dropping of the A-bomb on Nagasaki's Catholic district. Further to this, they examine the debate surrounding the conversion of the ruins of the Uruakmi Catholic Cathedral into a memorial, and in particular the role of the survivors, US politicians and the local Catholic community in this decision.


Urukami Cathedral - Part 2

 
 

Edward Vickers, Tim Winter and Mark Frost continue to analyse the Urukami Cathedral ruins and explore how the construction of the memorial was opposed by many locals, including those who considered the site to be affiliated with Japanese military might and destruction. Following on from this, they compare the very different ways in which smaller, grass roots museums and larger, state funded institutions are interpreting Japan's role in World War II and the lead up to the bombing of Nagasaki. Lastly, the group discuss the differing geographies of Nagasaki and Hiroshima and how this has influenced the memorialisation process at both the Hypocentre Park in Nagasaki and the Hiroshima Peace Park.


Urukami Cathedral - Part 3

 
 

Edward Vickers, Tim Winter and Mark Frost consider how Nagasaki and Hiroshima developed very distinct post-war identities following the dropping of the atomic bombs and how in turn this has influenced the memorialisation process in each city. The use of numbers and quantification of victims is also discussed, especially in regards to the ways these figures are being used almost competitively in global memoryscapes. Finally, the group reinforce the argument that transnational, international and local grassroots pressures all contribute to shaping the post-war memorialisation of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.


Nagasaki Peace Park

 
 

Edward Vickers, Tim Winter and Mark Frost discuss the symbolism and design of the Peace Statue in the Nagasaki Peace Park, as well as analyse the peace rhetoric and memorialisation that influences present day Japanese politics.