Today Google Japan announced that it has made two notable additions to its online Cultural Institute, incorporating new material from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.
This coincides with the recent anniversaries of the two WW2 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which took place in 1945 on August 6th and 9th, respectively. It’s an important archive of two tragic moments in human history which shouldn’t be forgotten . Even for those of us who feel we might already be familiar with these historical events, the images and artifacts left behind after the bombings help to convey the enormous sense of human loss that’s hard to grasp with history books alone.
Google also has some Hiroshima Peace Memorial materials available on its site for primary and secondary school teachers who may want to teach more about the event.
The internet giant has also archived other important events in Japan recently, most notably the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as various cultural events and landmarks, all using Google Street View technology.
A Google Japan rep notes in the blog post that while this event took place 68 years ago, the average age of a survivor is now about 79 years old. So certainly archival projects like these, both online and offline, are becoming increasingly important as time goes by.
Regrettably, language switching isn’t very easy in this archive, and the only way I found I could switch to English was by actually hacking the URL to include ‘en’. If you want the Japanese language archives, you can find them here: Hiroshima Peace Museum, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum ↩