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Japan Special
Sarugaku-cho:
Reconstruction of a Community at Ground Zero

Broadcast on October 24, 1998/49minutes

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The atomic bomb destroyed the Sarugaku-cho district of Hiroshima, which was once home to 1,055 people. There are few left today who knew it. This program features efforts on the part of some survivors to preserve memories of that former community, about its residents, and the lives they led. The project was prompted by a memorial service for the people who lost their lives in the atomic blast.
A computer-generated model was created of Sarugaku-cho as it appeared on the eve of the atomic blast, drawing on memories and old photographs. Testimony of the survivors was also preserved on film. There are computer images of the Hiroshima Prefectural Products Exhibition Hall, the ruins of which are preserved as the 'A-bomb Dome'. The Hall, until the blast, had been a popular playground for children. The program depicts the warm ties between the people who have restored something of the old Sarugaku-cho.

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