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Hiroshima Children's Drawings

  • Drawing: 'Field Day in Early October,' by Tomoko Iwamoto, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Jumping Rope in the Schoolyard,' by Setsuko Noma, age 7. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Cherry Blossom Trees,' by Sachi Fujii, age 10. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'A Bomb Memorial Building,' by Kooki Abiko, age 11. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Field Day in October,' by Noboku Tanaka, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Playground,' by Yoshiko Itoo, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Playground,' by Mieko Tanaka, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Fieldtrip in Spring,' by Zyunko Hotta, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Honkawa River and Dome,' by Misako Simomura, age 10. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • Drawing: 'Fieldtrip to the Shore,' by Tokuo Tanaka, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.
  • 'Field Day in Early October,' by Tomoko Iwamoto, Age 8

    Drawing: 'Field Day in Early October,' by Tomoko Iwamoto, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Jumping Rope in the Schoolyard,' by Setsuko Noma, Age 7

    Drawing: 'Jumping Rope in the Schoolyard,' by Setsuko Noma, age 7. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Cherry Blossom Trees,' by Sachi Fujii, age 10.

    Drawing: 'Cherry Blossom Trees,' by Sachi Fujii, age 10. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'A Bomb Memorial Building,' by Kooki Abiko, Age 11

    Drawing: 'A Bomb Memorial Building,' by Kooki Abiko, age 11. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Field Day in October,' by Noboku Tanaka, Age 9

    Drawing: 'Field Day in October,' by Noboku Tanaka, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Playground,' by Yoshiko Itoo, Age 9

    Drawing: 'Playground,' by Yoshiko Itoo, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Playground,' by Mieko Tanaka, Age 9

    Drawing: 'Playground,' by Mieko Tanaka, age 9. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Fieldtrip in Spring,' by Zyunko Hotta, Age 8

    Drawing: 'Fieldtrip in Spring,' by Zyunko Hotta, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Honkawa River and Dome,' by Misako Simomura, Age 10

    Drawing: 'Honkawa River and Dome,' by Misako Simomura, age 10. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

  • 'Fieldtrip to the Shore,' by Tokuo Tanaka, Age 8

    Drawing: 'Fieldtrip to the Shore,' by Tokuo Tanaka, age 8. Hiroshima, Japan. 1948.

    Hiroshima, Japan. 1948. (All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC.)

Shortly after the bombing in Hiroshima, Rev. A. Powell Davies of the All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, gave a famous sermon called Lest the Living Forget. In it, he encourages the congregation to give supplies to the victims of the bomb. After sending school supplies to the Honkawa school in Hiroshima, the church received 45 hand drawn pictures by the children of the city. Distinct from other images depicting the events of Hiroshima, these images are hopeful, inviting children of all ages to envision a different future of peace, reconciliation and open dialogue.

This gallery features some of those drawings.

Your congregation can organize a film screening of a powerful documentary about the Hiroshima Children's Drawings called Pictures From a Hiroshima SchoolyardView the trailer (YouTube). Additionally, greeting cards featuring the Hiroshima Children's Drawings are available for purchase through the UUA Bookstore.

 

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