Digitized footage shows Hiroshima before A-bomb
the-japan-news.com -- Jul 07
he Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum released online Wednesday digitally processed 16 millimeter film footage showing the central area of Hiroshima about 10 years before its devastation by the U.S. atomic bombing.

The original film is the only footage owned by the museum depicting the area before World War II.

The footage is "valuable data that clearly shows how Hiroshima looked before being atomic-bombed," said a staff member at the museum.

The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and another on the city of Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, three days later, in the closing days of the war.

The three-minute black-and-white video was originally shot by late Genjiro Kawasaki, a resident of Hiroshima, for his own amusement.

広島市の原爆資料館は6日までに、原爆が投下される約10年前に市中心部を撮影した16ミリフィルムをデジタル処理し、ホームページで公開を始めた。広島県産業奨励館(現・原爆ドーム)や、にぎわう街の様子が鮮明に見られる。動画は、同市の故・河崎源次郎(かわさき・げんじろう)氏が撮影した3分9秒のモノクロで、音はない。1963年に資料館に寄贈された。
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