September 08, 2017

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“That Day Now:” School of Architecture to welcome Hiroshima survivor, storyteller Keiko Ogura

On August 6, 1945, when Keiko Ogura was 8 years old, she was exposed to the atomic bomb 2.4km away from the hypocenter. Now, as the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation’s official storyteller, she shares her testimony worldwide. We are honored to have her as our guest in October.

Across many Schools and Colleges at Syracuse University, and in partnership with the extended Syracuse community, Syracuse University will examine the current relevance of the 1945 atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. A series of public events and exhibitions will be organized around Ms. Ogura’s visit. Keiko Ogura is one of the few remaining English speaking survivors of the Hiroshima bombing.

Hiroshima survivor, activist, and storyteller

Ms. Keiko OguraMs. Keiko OguraKeiko Ogura graduated from Hiroshima Jogakuin University in 1959. In 1962, she married Mr. Kaoru Ogura,  director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Secretary General of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. His work engaged in the promotion of A-bomb exhibitions outside Japan. Following her husband’s death in 1979, Ogura began working for Hiroshima herself and deepened international exchanges with writers and journalists, becoming an interpreting coordinator for peace-movement visitors from abroad. In 1984, she established Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace and published Hiroshima Handbook, Hiroshima Peace Park Guide, Hip’s Hiroshima Guide and One Day in Hiroshima. She was delegated as the official teller of Hiroshima A-bomb experience in English by Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in 2011.

Event schedule

August 23 - November 26
Exhibition: That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art
Curated by the Canary Project and Yutaka Sho, the show will include original artwork by Syracuse University art and architecture students.

October 19 - November 3
Installation: “That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima”
Slocum Hall Marble Room

October 22
Video Projection: “After Hiroshima Mon Amor” and “Let Me Count the Ways”
Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

October 24
AM: Ms. Ogura meets with local high school students
Everson Museum of Art

5:30pm: “Warped by Time, Shaped by History: The Art & Architecture of That Day Now”
Opening remarks by Keiko Ogura + panel discussion + reception
Slocum Hall Atrium

Panelists: Yutaka Sho, Associate Professor, Syracuse Architecture; Edward Morris, Professor of Practice and Director of The Canary Lab, Syracuse Transmedia, VPA; Linda Zhang, Harry der Boghosian Fellow, Syracuse Architecture;Annette Behrens, Artist; Christina Varvia, Forensic Architecture, London

October 23 - 25 - 26 - 27
Ms. Ogura meets with various community groups, students, media

October 28
LLL / Moynihan Symposium: That Day in 1945: Effects of the Atomic Bombs in Post-WWII Japanese Culture
Slocum Hall Auditorium

October 30
Individual / small group meetings with Ms. Ogura, available by appointment; email for information.
Slocum Hall Marble Room

November 16
Closing reception for That Day Now: Shadows Cast by Hiroshima
Everson Museum of Art

More about  Keiko Ogura
Peace related issues

Giving a speech as a witness as an Hiroshima A-bomb survivor

  • ‘Simulated Antinuclear Tribunal’ (Nuremberg, Germany) in February 1983 Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Inter Action Council in Hiroshima (OB Summit) in April 2010
  • NPDI in Hiroshima in April 2015
  • Pomona College (Claremont, California, USA) in October 2016
  • New York University (New York) in March 2017

Meeting more nuclear victims outside of Japan and exchanged experiences

  • First Global Nuclear Victims Conference in New York in September 1987
  • Second Global Nuclear Victims Conference in Berlin in September 1992
  • Exhibition of the B 29 Enola Gay, in Washington DC in December 2003

Films and books as a field coordinator (1984 – )

  • Greek TV program produced by ‘War Zone’ - Hiroshima, Sadako, kam1kaze Children of Armageddon (France Documentary Film) - Three generations of Hiroshima survivors
  • Bomb Under Ground (USA Documentary) - Mobilized students worked underground
  • American Project (USA Documentary) - Message to American high school students
  • My Small Steps from Hiroshima (NHK World program) August 6, 2016
  • Book by Peter Wyden (USA) “Day One· Before Hiroshima and After” 1984 Book by Sally Sara (Australia) - Story of Hiroshima Survivor
  • Book by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto (USA) “Hiroshima in the Morning” 2011 Book by Ari Beser (USA) “The Nuclear Family” 2015

“Hiroshima as I Saw It”

“That Day Now” sponsorship

  • The Japan Foundation
  • Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Hiroshima Fukuyama Technical High School
  • Hiroshima Motomachi High School
  • Everson Museum of Art
  • Clear Path for Veterans
  • Syracuse City School District
  • Syracuse University units/programs, including: the School of Architecture; The Canary Lab at the College of Visual and Performing Arts; the East Asia Program at Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; Syracuse University Galleries; the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; Office of Veteran and Military Affairs; the School of Education; the Humanities Center; Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at Arts and Sciences; Syracuse University Study Abroad; the Center for Human Policy; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; and the Syracuse University libraries.

(by Elaine Wackerow with Yutaka Sho and Edward Morris)