The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Going to ruin

In both Nagasaki and Hiroshima there are famous relics that survived the atomic bombings on display in the museums of each town. But out in the street there are others: Hiroshima has it`s famous A-bomb Dome but Nagasaki has it`s one-legged Torii at Sanno Shrine. Less well known for sure and, though curious and interesting, not as spectacular or poignant as the dome. But then again after a nuclear inferno there isn`t exactly a lot left to make a memorial from is there.

Most powerful photo I`ve seen of the bombing and the wrongs of militarization of a population is the one here.

Read the story in the photographer`s own words here and try to not cry at the cruelty of war.



2 responses

  1. Really nice pic of the A-bomb dome and the broken Torii, especially like the movement in the bomb dome shot, adds a nice sense of drama to one of the most dramatic buildings in the world.

    Read the link as well, heart breaking story. I am reading “Hiroshima” by John Hersey just now which tells the story of the bombing through 6 survivors. The book is great. Also, my friend Paule has a lot on his blog about the survivors he photographed from Nagasaki (and the Tokyo fire bombings) on his blog if you search:

    All his other work is excellent as well, but the stories of the survivors he interviewed are really moving.

    January 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm

  2. Thanks for posting this link. The photograph tells many sad stories.


    January 15, 2010 at 7:12 am

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