Learn. Japan. Ruins and Rebuilding 2: A-bomb

HIS & TGS Joint Field Trip to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

For the joint-school collaboration of “Graphic Novels for Change: Human Rights Around the World” in conjunction with reading Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen and Hersey’s Hiroshima

Timeline of dropping of the Atomic Bomb.

Leaflet dropped over Nagasaki after Hiroshima was bombed.

Plan for the day: 

1. Tour of Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park

2. Hibakusha speaker

Activity #1

(Discuss in small groups)

1. What aspects of the survivors story stuck out to you?

2. Were your responses to question one all the same or different?

3. Why do you think that happened?

4. What is important about getting a first person perspective?

Activity #2

(Create and discuss in small groups)

1. Create a portfolio of evidence (minimum 5-6 items) showing the tools and techniques that the museum uses to evoke visitors’ emotions?

2. Which of these can you use in your graphic novel?

3. What was the most powerful part of the museum for you? Why?

Activity #3

(Discuss in small groups)

1. According to J. Samuel Walker in his book, Prompt and Utter Destruction: Truman and the Use of the Atomic Bomb Against Japan, states that Truman justified dropping the bomb with five reasons:

  • it would end the war successfully at the earliest possible moment

  • it justified the effort and expense of building the atomic bombs
  • it offered hope of achieving diplomatic gains in the growing rivalry with the Soviet Union

  • there were a lack of incentives not to use the weapons

  • because of America’s hatred of the Japanese and a desire for vengeance

2. Armed with all of the knowledge that President Truman and his advisors had accumulated, how would you have ended the war in the Pacific?

Follow Up Video:


Let’s spend the class today looking at how Hiroshima rebuilt itself into the beautiful city we have been living in now.

Here are some sites to get you started:


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