Hirayama Ikuo Painting Work

Hiroshima Reduced to Ruins

  • Hirayama Ikuo
  • 1991
  • Water color
  • 31.5×24.0cm

A horrible disaster. Hirayama Ikuo was three kilometres from the center of the explosion. After a bright light, people were in chaos. The situations within Army Weapons Supply Plant were fine, but the outside was a world like hell. Fires broke out in the centre of the city, and explosions came from time to time. Hirayama was worried about the situation in the city and wanted to go to the city, but the road was blocked by the people who went to seek refuge. Some people suffered burns all over their body and their skin rolled up and hung like a rag. Some people had fragments of glass embedded in them. Hirayma turned to a small hill called Golden Hill, from which the city could be overlooked. But the hill was crowded with refugees. Sometimes he could hear the moan of "Give me some water" coming from somewhere. On August 6, 1945, the tragedy of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb attack had tremendous the 15-year-old middle school student.