With Hibakusha Eyes: the story and art of Junko Kayashige
Join us for an illustrated presentation on the life and art of Hibakish (A-bomb survivor) Junko Kayashige.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima Cityon August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. She was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb it. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close family members.
Throughout and beyond her 38-year career as an art teacher in Hiroshima City, Kayashige has created haunting paintings of her experience and memories as a Hibakusha (and A-bomb survivor). She writes, “I wanted to depict the foolishness of humans who attempt to solve problems with war and destruction. It is hard for me to revisit and recount my experience, but nuclear weapons are still threatening our lives.”