Atomic Requiem: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the 75th Anniversary with Rafael A Balboa

Atomic Requiem: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the 75th Anniversary with Rafael A Balboa


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Few days in the recent history of humanity will be remembered like the events that occurred in Japan on August 6th and 9th of 1945. 75 years on, the echoes of the two atomic bombs, ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’, dropped in the Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain today.

This webinar will examine the historical facts and generalities that led to the culmination of the war, shedding light on the Japanese perspective before, during, and after the drop of the two atomic bombs. Moreover, it will elaborate on the historical and social legacies that these events brought to Japan as a result. From a quick economical recovery to the enshrinement of the spirit of those who died in service for Japan in Yasukuni Shrine to the creation of a troubled relationship with its neighbors China and Korea which remains until today.

Led by practicing architect Ph.D. and scholar based in Tokyo Rafael A. Balboa, this interactive seminar will allow the audience to grasp a wider understanding of the historical significance for Japan after the two atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased body of knowledge to continue expanding on the complexities of these historical events.

Architect, Ph.D. Rafael is currently a correspondent for Italian architecture magazine Domus based in Japan and has lived in Tokyo for over 13 years. He received his Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo under the guidance of Prof. Kengo Kuma. He is currently a Senior Guest Researcher at The University of Tokyo (Kuma Kengo Laboratory) and guest researcher at Keio University, besides visiting lecturer in other architecture institutions in Japan and abroad. Member of the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects), he co-founded and runs his architecture and urban design practice STUDIO WASABI since 2013. From 2017 he became Director of Casa Nano, an art residency in Tokyo part of Casa Wabi Foundation in Mexico. An avid toy collector, he has a keen interest in the ludic-cultural aspects between people and their cities.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.