We Japanese have to learn the inhumane tragedy and results of Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings, and the Fukushima nuclear accident. We at Hibakushaten shoulder the
responsibility to exhibit in 100 countries as well as using numerous languages and WEB galleries to tell the world of these tragedies.
In preparation for 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the nuclear
bombing, NPO Hibakushaten is working to make Hibakusha a commonly understood
One event to achieve this end is the collaboration with world heritage sites and “heritage memories”. This summer in Kyoto, in order to clear the world of sadness
and hate we will be praying for peace to our friends throughout the world. The photos of nuclear victims will travel to world heritage sites worldwide and in 2015 will return to Kyoto, and
such activity will send a message of peace to the world.
The world’s nuclear victims, enduring a life of discrimination and poverty.
Through the victims’ photographs, we will contribute to projecting memories of nuclear victims and connecting victims in a worldwide network.
Finally, we aim to build a nuclear free world and to have HIBAKUSHA (nuclear victims) receive the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their sever experiences.
Through exhibitions worldwide of the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we will apologize (OWABI) for not having been able to stop continued nuclear contamination or
Upon reflection of the pollution of the world and space by humanity, the sadness, hate and suffering imposed on people and nature, we repent and apologize (OWABI) from our hearts and wish to rid the world of these vexations of the heart.
Finally, with OWABI and through art, music, dance etc, from the elderly to the young of the world; we will put together enjoyable events worldwide. With true meaning we wish to reconcile with all people of the world and become friends.
The World Hibakusha Exhibition (NPO No More Hibakusha) was founded by Ittetsu Morishita,
who took photos of sufferers of radiation exposure (hibakushas) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
for over 40 years.
He and five other photographers who had been reporting on hibakushas
from all over the world started holding this exhibition in 2002,
and, ever since, have been showing their photos in and outside Japan.
Hibakushas, in many parts of the world, including Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Chernobyl,
nuclear test sites and uranium mining sites, are the clearest living proof of mankind’s folly.
The aim of the exhibition by the six photographers is
to show the world hibakushas’experiences and testimonies through photos,
and to encourage more people in the world to join the campaign for
a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear power.
The World Hibakusha Exhibition was suspended for 6 years
because the founder Ittetsu Morishita fell ill,but it was resumed by his daughter, Miho Morishita,
who held the ‘Urgent’World Hibakusha Forum in Tokyoin December 2011
in response to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
This year, with the addition of the photos from Fukushima,
we are going to take our photo exhibition all over the world.
We are also planning to hold various events jointly with citizens’organizations and artists
as part of our campaign for a nuclear free world.