Japanese Students Spend Two Years Creating Hiroshima Blast VR Experience
Japan is arguably home to some of the most creative people on the planet. Having brought us things like Nintendo, the Walkman, and an entire genre of emotionally rousing animation, Japan seems to have an aversion to creating anything unoriginal.
And now, in an attempt to come to grips with the devastation that ravaged their country in WW2, a small team of high school students has created a virtual reality experience that replicates the nuclear explosion that destroyed Hiroshima nearly 75 years ago.
Over two years in the making, the students and their teacher hope that their contribution to Japanese society will prevent anything like this from ever happening again.
In early August 1945, the bombing of Hiroshima killed almost 150,000 people. Three days after the Hiroshima bombing, a second bomb destroyed Nagasaki — killing an additional 70,000 people. Six days later, Japan surrendered.
One of the students who helped create the VR experience, Yuhi Nakagawa, had this to say of his project:
“When I was creating the buildings before the atomic bomb fell and after, I saw many photos of buildings that were gone. I really felt how scary atomic bombs can be. So while creating this scenery, I felt it was really important to share this with others.”
Since none of the students working on the project were alive before the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, they resorted to studying old postcards and photographs of the city. That, combined with interviewing survivors of the tragedy, helped to complete what is regarded as an incredibly accurate portrayal of the blast.
Katsushi Hasegawa, a computer science teacher, made the following comment:
“Those who knew the city very well tell us it’s done very well. They say it’s very nostalgic. Sometimes they start to reminisce about their memories from that time, and it really makes me glad that we created this.”
What do you think of this new VR experience? Let us know in a comment!
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