Archives of Pre A-Bomb Days

About Us

Pre A-Bomb Days

On August 9, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Despite being in the midst of war, there was an irreplaceable everyday life with family and friends that was the same as ours until that moment. Following that fateful day, Nagasaki transformed into an A-bombed city, with the enduring pain and suffering of the atomic bombing becoming its everyday existence. The “Archives of Pre A-Bomb Days” is a digital repository designed to record and pass on the daily life before and after the atomic bombing. On each page, anyone can view and download collected photographs and online educational materials created based on the photographs (with some exceptions). Photos and educational materials with a download button are available for download.

About Joint Project

“Online and Digitalization Project for the ‘Transmission of the Realities of the Atomic Bombing'” (hereinafter referred to as the “Joint Project”) was initiated in FY2021 by the Nagasaki University Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA) and the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims, both situated in Nagasaki, the site of the atomic bombing. Our ongoing mission involves gathering materials and creating educational resources to convey the reality of the atomic bombings to future generations, both in Japan and internationally, and to publish and archive these materials online. Since July 2021, the project has been collecting photos depicting Nagasaki before the bombing. To date, we have received over 6,000 photographs from A-bomb survivors and their families from across Japan.

About Photos and Rights

In publishing and utilizing the photographs showcased on this website, we prioritize safeguarding the rights and interests of individuals and entities, including privacy rights, portrait rights, and copyrights. Should you find any instances where we may have overlooked these considerations, please contact us. We are committed to taking immediate corrective measures.

In terms of portrait rights, we have consulted with legal experts associated with the Japan Society for Digital Archive. Our decision-making process aligns with the “Portrait Rights Guidelines – Guidelines for Voluntary Publication Decisions (April 2021)” provided by the Japan Society for Digital Archive, serving as a benchmark for assessing the usage of photographs.