Now 75 years after the war:
The Case of the Center of the Tokyo Air Raids and War Damage
The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace
Title: Now 75 years after the war, passing on and conveying the experience of air-raids-The Case of the Center of the Tokyo Air Raids and War Damage
Author: Hiroto Hieshima, Curator, The Center of the Tokyo Air Raids and War Damage, Japan
Abstract: The Center of the Tokyo Air Raids and War Damage was established in 2002.This museum was founded by the "Association for Recording Air Raids in Tokyo," a citizens' movement in the 1970s to investigate the damage caused by air raids, and was funded by private donations at a time when the idea of a metropolitan museum was failing to materialize. It is the only museum that specializes in air raids and is the only one that permanently deals with air raids, and is responsible for exhibitions, research, various events and publications.
In recent years, as is the case with other peace museums, the Center has been faced with two challenges: 1) the decline in the number of people who have experienced war and be the core of its operations, 2) the change in the demographics of its visitors.
We will report on our efforts to compile records of war victim's experience, to plan events, to train "successors," and to renew the exhibition, as well as its future prospects.