Updated: May 30, 2020
Written by: Johanna Fuller, Resource Specialist, Pacific Historic Parks
The era of COVID-19 has caused museums worldwide to look for alternative and innovative ways to tell their stories. People are, and for the foreseeable future, not able to experience museums in the ways that many have taken for granted -- in person. Being able to see the survivors and hear their stories first hand brings a sense of understanding of pivotal points of our global history.
Pacific Historic Parks set out to create a way to bring history of the Pacific to the homes of people across the globe. On April 23, 2020, Pacific Historic Parks' History Talks Series, in partnership with Edutainment Learning, reached a global scale when guest speaker, Naoko Okimoto, spoke to more than 100 participants about the experiences of atomic bomb survivor, Mutsuhiko Segoshi.
Naoko Okimoto, a native of Hiroshima is one of nearly 150 "experienced survivors" commissioned by the city of Hiroshima to share the experience of atomic bomb survivors through interpretive and educational lectures. The "experienced survivors" help to tell the story and memories of those who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima nearly 75 years ago.
Mutsuhiko Segoshi was evacuated from Tokyo to an evacuation sute on the outskirts of Hiroshima when he was just 11 years old. Due to severe beatings and bullying he was brought to Hiroshima a week prior to the atomic bombing.
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