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Hiroshima Appeals 2019

2020.7.12 —
Hiroshima Appeals 2019

Title: Hope
Design: Katsuhiko Shibuya

 

Comment from Designer
In a book about the immediate aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima, it was written that “swallows whose feathers were scorched and were unable to fly were walking along the ground by hopping about.” Naturally, there was no trace left of the birds that had been flying through the center of the explosion, but the very fact that swallows, the most agile of all birds, had their feathers scorched illustrates the instantaneous power of the atomic bomb like nothing else. Did chicks wait endlessly in their nests for their parents, which were no longer able to fly?
A long time has passed since the atomic bomb fell on Hiroshima, and many of the city’s citizens are the children and grandchildren of the victims of the bombing. Nevertheless, the things that were destroyed at that time are carried within them and do not end. Therein lies the extraordinary nature of this atomic bomb, I feel.
Children are the hope of the future. In order for the world that new generations live in to continue to be peaceful, I want as many people as possible to convey the story of Hiroshima to the adults of the world. It is this wish that I embodied in the poster.

 

 

Hiroshima Appeals Poster Campaign
In 1983, the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA) and the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation announced their collaboration on a project focusing on the theme “Hiroshima’s Spirit” and launched a poster campaign with the goal of promoting peace at home and abroad. The first poster, entitled “Burning Butterflies”, was created by Yusaku Kamekura, the president of JAGDA at the time. Designers affiliated with JAGDA produce one poster each year.
The posters are sold to the general public and exhibited in a nationwide tour called the “Peace Poster Exhibition”. Posters in the series have engaged citizens around the world, displayed in the Atomic Bomb Exhibition preceding to the historic 1985 Geneva Summit, and the exhibition entitled “Hiroshima: A Message for Peace among People” held in Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, and Aosta in Italy in 1997. The 2008 poster was sent to several member cities whose mayors are members of the international group Mayors for Peace. The “Hiroshima Appeals” project, conducted annually from 1983 till 1991, was reinstated in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

 

 

Designers: 1983 Yusaku Kamekura; 1984 Kiyoshi Awazu; 1985 Shigeo Fukuda; 1986 Yoshio Hayakawa; 1987 Kazumasa Nagai; 1988 Ikko Tanaka; 1989 Mitsuo Katsui; 2005 Masayoshi Nakajo; 2006 Koichi Sato; 2007 Shin Matsunaga; 2008 Masuteru Aoba; 2009 Katsumi Asaba; 2010 Keisuke Nagatomo; 2011 Susumu Endo; 2012 Yukimasa Okumura; 2013 Kaoru Kasai; 2014 Tsuguya Inoue; 2015 Taku Satoh; 2016 Takahisa Kamijyo; 2017 Kenya Hara; 2018 Kazunari Hattori; 2019 Katsuhiko Shibuya

 

Posters on Sale
2019 Katsuhiko Shibuya
2018 Kazunari Hattori
2017 Kenya Hara
2016 Takahisa Kamijyo
2015 Taku Satoh
2014 Tsuguya Inoue
2013 Kaoru Kasai
2012 Yukimasa Okumura
2011 Susumu Endo
2010 Keisuke Nagatomo
2009 Katsumi Asaba
2008 Masuteru Aoba
2007 Shin Matsunaga
2006 Koichi Sato
2005 Masayoshi Nakajo

Size: B1 (728 x 1,030mm)

 

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