3D Images Recreate City Destroyed by Atomic Bomb

Uploaded by TheVJMovement on 13.04.2011

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Blurry images give Byungdug Jun
a window into another lifetime.
This area has absolutely nothing left.
A past an atomic bomb destroyed.
Pictures offer concrete proof.
They provide undisputed evidence
of what happened.
The University of Nagasaki professor
studies the pictures to recreate a 3D image
of the city's Urakami neighborhood --
ground zero of the nuclear attack.
In an instant, tens of thousands of people died.
An entire community was reduced to ashes.
This aerial image of Nagasaki inspired
Jun's project. An American warplane snapped it
in 1945, two days before the U.S. dropped
an atomic bomb on the city during World War II.
The U.S. released the picture a few years ago,
giving Jun the first glimpse into life
before the bombing.
What started out as a sketch of rooftops turned
into a recreation of street corners and buildings.
Students Yurika Uchijima and Kanouko Maeda
asked to take on the project for
their graduate thesis.
My grandmother is an atomic bomb survivor,
so I had heard stories about this neighborhood.
That's a big reason I connected with the project.
There weren't many pictures that survived
the Nagasaki bombing.
So Maeda and Uchijima walked Urakami streets,
knocked on every door,
searched for atomic bomb survivors
and their memories of happier days.
That search led them to Yoshitoshi Fukahori,
a survivor who had spent 30 years collecting
pictures of Nagasaki for the city's
Foundation for Peace.
Fukahori describes Urakami as a community
that operated like family and shared
in each other's joy.
When his sister -- a talented singer -- performed
on the radio, everybody packed the local
barbershop to hear her voice.
Fukahori wasn't home the day of the bombing,
but his sister was.
He found her, his uncle and aunt dead
when he returned home a few days later.
I feel like we have somewhat of an obligation
as living survivors, to tell the whole story.
Fukahori's stories have turned an academic
project into a personal one.
Students spend hours perfecting the texture
of Fukahori's church.
They mull over the width of the street
in front of the local dry cleaner.
So far, Maeda and Uchijima have recreated
a tenth of Urakami's buildings.
But they say there are limits to 3D.
We really felt that it wasn't enough
to recreate this neighborhood.
We wanted to bring joy to people
like Mr. Fukahori.
That desire drove us through
this entire process.
The students plan to complete the project
by December, when they graduate.
Jun plans to take the 3D images beyond
the classroom after that.
He says he sees this as a tool for peace --
a bridge to another time in history.
A nuclear weapon wiped away.