A-bomb pianos in Tokyo concerts


A concert featuring two pianos that survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be held Sunday at Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Tokyo’s Yumenoshima waterfront district, organizers said.

The organizers said they “will think about Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the Fukuryu Maru and Fukushima” as the pieces are played, referring to Japan’s other tragic experiences with things atomic.

The pianos were found in houses 1.8 km and 2.6 km from the hypocenter of the Aug. 6, 1945, blast. Although they were struck by glass shards and had taken other damage, they were later restored. The two pianos were dubbed “Misako’s piano” and “Kazuko’s piano” after the girls who used to play them.

The Fukuryu Maru No. 5, a tuna trawler from Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, that was contaminated by fallout from the U.S. hydrogen bomb test conducted on Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in March 1954, is on display at the exhibition hall.