The collection BLACK RAIN “kuroi ame” After the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic explosions in 1945, over 200 different kinds of radioactive isotopes were carried high into the atmosphere. The mixing of enormous amounts of airborne irradiated materials combined with heat and thermal currents from the firestorms led to rainfall in both cities. As the fallout particles were mixed with carbon residue from citywide fires, the result was something extraordinary, but injurious - “the black rain”. In the movie “Kuroi Ame”, the main character, Yasuko, managed to escape the explosion unscathed, others suffered and fell ill from the consequences of radiation. Even though she did not have any symptoms of radiation sickness, she was declined three times while trying to find a husband due to concerns of her having been in the “black rain”. I feel like we often exclude people from society who are different - have abnormalities or diseases - or as I would put it “with a defect”. My main focus is to analyze the disgust towards the defect and turn it into an effect. For me, black is not only associated with the unknown, darkness, bad luck, the underworld and death, but it also symbolizes a new beginning - something always comes after an ending. Even though the new beginning might be “defected”, it should still be empowering.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibran
Hibakusha ("person affected by a bomb" or "person affected by the exposition [to a bomb]") is a word of Japanese origin generally designating the people affected by the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.