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The 20th century witnessed two world wars, during which many countries suffered what is known as “strategic bombing”: major air raids on cities aimed at destroying the nation’s economic ability and public spirit.

Tokyo suffered the Operation Meetinghouse air raid by the U.S military on the night of March 10, 1945, which reportedly claimed 100,000 lives. Having narrowly escaped death during that bombing, artist Yuichi Inoue was found unconscious among the corpses. He went on to memorialize the tragedy by recounting his experience in calligraphy-style pieces.

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