HIROSHIMA – The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum released online Wednesday digitally processed 16 mm film footage that shows the central area of Hiroshima about 10 years before the city was devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing.
The original film is the only footage owned by the museum depicting the area before World War II.
The footage is “valuable data that clearly shows how Hiroshima looked before being atom-bombed,” said a staff member at the museum. In the closing days of the war, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, on Aug. 6, 1945, and another on the city of Nagasaki three days later.
The three-minute, black-and-white video was originally shot by the late Genjiro Kawasaki, a resident of Hiroshima, for his own collection.
The footage includes cherry blossoms, people dressed in fine kimono in a shopping street, and the distinctive exhibition hall building — now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome — …