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Google Launches Online Exhibits Looking At Hiroshima, Nagasaki Bombings

    August 19, 2013
    Chris Crum
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Google announced on Monday that it has collaborated with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum on a group of online exhibits for the Google Cultural Institute.

This month marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Japan.

Four exhibits are from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. These, as Google explains, “illustrate the bombing from different perspectives: a pocketwatch stopped at the exact time of the detonation, diaries of young women cut off abruptly on August 6, and panoramic photos of the hauntingly barren city center days after.”

Three are from the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

“The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum meanwhile curated photos, videos, and drawings in three exhibitions,” says Toru Kawamura, New Business Development Senior Manager, Google Japan. “One collection focuses on the famed Urakami Cathedral—the largest cathedral in East Asia where 15,000 Japanese Catholics once worshipped. The church completely collapsed after the bombing, but thanks to a post-war reconstruction effort, the Urakami Cathedral now stands triumphant as a symbol of the city’s rebirth.”

The addition of these exhibits follow a recent partnership of Google’s with the Eiffel Tower Operating Company to create other exhibits enabling users to learn more about the Paris landmark.

You can see it all at the Google Cultural Institute here.