Atomic Requiem: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the 75th Anniversary with Rafael A Balboa - Context Travel

Atomic Requiem: Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the 75th Anniversary with Rafael A Balboa


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Few days in the recent history of humanity will be remembered like the events that occurred in Japan on August 6th and 9th of 1945. 75 years on, the echoes of the two atomic bombs, ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’, dropped in the Japanese towns of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain today.

This webinar will examine the historical facts and generalities that led to the culmination of the war, shedding light on the Japanese perspective before, during, and after the drop of the two atomic bombs. Moreover, it will elaborate on the historical and social legacies that these events brought to Japan as a result. From a quick economical recovery to the enshrinement of the spirit of those who died in service for Japan in Yasukuni Shrine to the creation of a troubled relationship with its neighbors China and Korea which remains until today.

Led by practicing architect Ph.D. and scholar based in Tokyo Rafael A. Balboa, this interactive seminar will allow the audience to grasp a wider understanding of the historical significance for Japan after the two atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased body of knowledge to continue expanding on the complexities of these historical events.

Architect, Ph.D. Rafael is currently a correspondent for Italian architecture magazine Domus based in Japan and has lived in Tokyo for over 13 years. He received his Master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo under the guidance of Prof. Kengo Kuma. He is currently a Senior Guest Researcher at The University of Tokyo (Kuma Kengo Laboratory) and guest researcher at Keio University, besides visiting lecturer in other architecture institutions in Japan and abroad. Member of the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects), he co-founded and runs his architecture and urban design practice STUDIO WASABI since 2013. From 2017 he became Director of Casa Nano, an art residency in Tokyo part of Casa Wabi Foundation in Mexico. An avid toy collector, he has a keen interest in the ludic-cultural aspects between people and their cities.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Understanding Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

This was an excellent presentation and personal to me since my father was a principal metallurgist in the Manhattan project under the stadium at the University of Chicago with Enrico Fermi. Since I was born 17 days after Japan surrendered, it was very informative to understand better some of the things I never asked my father when he was alive. Thank you...

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Interesting lectures and conversations on timely issues

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We love Context Conversations! This was the latest of many sessions with Context, your work helps make self-isolation, more bearable. And educational.

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The theme is very interesting . The lecture is very informative about the before and after without trying to state the obvious information that can be found in a documentary.

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Mr. Balboa was well organized and his graphics were excellent. He stuck to the historical facts and left more controversial aspects to the discussion after the lecture. That discussion in itself was illuminating and handled well by Mr. Balboa.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
17%
(1)
0%
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A.P.
Understanding Hiroshima and Nagasaki...

This was an excellent presentation and personal to me since my father was a principal metallurgist in the Manhattan project under the stadium at the University of Chicago with Enrico Fermi. Since I was born 17 days after Japan surrendered, it was very informative to understand better some of the things I never asked my father when he was alive. Thank you...

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A.

Interesting lectures and conversations on timely issues

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A.

We love Context Conversations! This was the latest of many sessions with Context, your work helps make self-isolation, more bearable. And educational.

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I.

The theme is very interesting . The lecture is very informative about the before and after without trying to state the obvious information that can be found in a documentary.

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A.

Mr. Balboa was well organized and his graphics were excellent. He stuck to the historical facts and left more controversial aspects to the discussion after the lecture. That discussion in itself was illuminating and handled well by Mr. Balboa.