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"Nine poems on the Vanishing of Hiroshima" 2004

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Nobutaka Ueda
Yutaka Matsuzawa
Nobutaka Ueda
Iseo Nose
Stan Anderson
Akio Morinobu Academeia co.,Itd
10 leaves 20 page

This catalogue was published  in commemoration of the exhibition; "Yutaka Matsuzawa and Nine Pillars" which was held in Hiroshima city of Museum of contemporary art  from December 18, 2004 until January 23, 2005

Nobutaka Ueda
"Question Mark"
Iseo Nose
"Magnetic Induction"
Nobutaka Ueda
"The song of Phoenix"
Yutaka Matsuzawa
"60 Years after Hiroshima"
Nobutaka Ueda
"The Destruction of Hiroshima"
Yutaka Matsuzawa
"277 Years after Hiroshima"
Iseo Nose
"Nuclear Fission"
Yutaka Matsuzawa
"59 Years after Hiroshima"
Iseo Nose
"Flash of Aura"
These nine Mandalas are combined and arranged so that they are read in spiral fashion moving right from the center.

Hiroshima summer 2004
Nobutaka Ueda


 The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima at 8:15 A.M.on August 6, 1945. It was black spot in history. The city vanished in a moment. I was born in Hiroshima in February , 1957, twelve years after the bombing. It is uncertain whether residual radiation was still present at that time. As a child, I played in th neighborhood of the Hiroshima Dome, the ruins of the building that was at the epicenter of the blast. At that time, there was nothing but a chain-link fence around the dome, and itis said that there were still human remains under the weeds inside the fence. As I grew up in this landscape, my mental image of the dome continued to be changed and revised. Gradually it became separated from the real ruins of the dome, which seemed more and more like a plastic model. About three years ago, in a conversation with mr. Keijiro Sato*, I was confronted with the problem of how to treat the victims of the atomic bomb in art. At that time, because of the gap between my mental image and reality, I could not find an answer. However, I was left with a strong desire to find a solution to this problem. This book "Nine Poems on the Vanishing of Hiroshima"is my attempt at an answer. It is an effort to carefully examine a burden that I cannot set down. I would like to express my appreciation to Yutaka Matsuzawa and Iseo Nose, who responded to my invitation to make a book on the theme of the atomic bomb. I hope that this book, "Nine Poems on the Vanishing of Hiroshima" will be a bridge across the river of forgetfulness, linking the past and the future.

*Keijiro Sato ,composer and visual artist, was a member of Jikkenn Kobo (Experimental Workshop).


Yutaka Matsuzawa 1922-2006

From "60 Years After Hiroshima"

Humankind Will Be Extinct 80 Years is the title of a book by Jyunichi Nishizawa and Isao Ueno that explains the seriousness of our present situation. If the concentration of CO2 in the atomosphere continues to exceed the dagerous level of 3%, the atomosphere no longer be able to sustain human life in 150 years. In addition to this, the amount of methane hydride in the oceans, which stabilizes the delicate balance of water temperature and pressure, will likely be depleted by global warming and resource exploitation, accelerating the cycle of CO2 production. As a result, they estimate that the human species will become extinct within 80 years, the title of the book by these two scientists, has appeared many times in Yutaka Matsuzawa's art. In the mandala that appears here, he announces, "There are only 75 years left ", because 5 years have already passed since the book was published. Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The greatest threat to humankind today, however, is not so much nuclear weapon as our own foolish actions.


 59 Years After Hiroshima  Yutaka Matsuzawa

  Text : Yutaka Matsuzawa,  Photo : Iseo Nose, Design : Nobutaka Ueda  

59 Years After Hiroshima

These mandalas ( nine-by-nine characters in Japanese) are works of art consisting only of words. They were created by Yutaka Matsuzawa and sent to Nobutaka Ueda on the occasion of his solo exhibition at Kaneko Art Gallery in March 2003. 2004, the year in which the present book is being published, is exactly 59 years from the explosion of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Matsuzawa’s mandala, which foreshadowed this publication, was mounted on the gallery wall the day before the American military began its unjustified attack on Iraq. The mandala was accompanied by this inscription: “I am sending that message that I promised to your exhibition. Please pin up somewhere in the gallery. It has been predicted that human race will be extinct within 80 years. What in the world are we humans doing at the present moment? One can only feel anger and despair. We must resign ourselves and get ready.”

 Quetion Mark  Nobutaka Ueda

Question Mark

In an  instannt that  morning, a flash
Touched my cheek.
My body no longer
Existed anywhere.
Light of different colors surrounded me.

People pray for me.
They say it was a mistake, but whose?
Rest in Peace?
With all this blood on the earth?
How soon
Will the people of the  earth be destroyed?
Text and computer graphics : Nobutaka Ueda
Photograph of the Hiroshima Dome : Koji Hosokawa
If people have souls and continue to exsist after death, what are the victims of the atomic bomb feeling and thinking right now? The bodies of people eradicated by a powerful wave of destruction. The dreams and hopes of lives suddenly terminated. Even if their still unmourned bodies remained, would it be possible to pick up the pieces of their broken hearts? It seems that there is no way to comfort their spirits. What are the feelings of the victims who lived through these horrendous conditions: the leaden taste of radiation, the shock waves that made their ears ring,the ashes of death called fallout? Were these just the prelude to continuing wars and terror? A hill of sand called peace has been raised on the base of their noble sacrifice. Perhaps there is nothing we can do the grains of sand that continue to fall from this crumbling hill and pour them back,one by one.   
 Nuclear Fission   Iseo Nose

Umashi- Ashi-Kabi- Hiko-ji no Kami
                                                                                                    Cohesive Swirling Divine Force    

Computer graphics by Nobutaka Ueda on screen print of Iseo Nose

"At the beginning of Heaven and Earth when the land was young and floting like oil, drifting around like a jellyfish, Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji no kami (Pleasant-Reed-Shoot-Prince-Elder deity) was born from something rising up vigorously from the mud like a beautiful shoot. He hid himself." This is a condensed version of the section "Beginning of Heaven and Earth", at the beginning of Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters). It is part of artwork created by Iseo Nose,a film director, photographer, and edittor ( and a close friend of Seigo Matsuoka*),
a music critic who reviews bands, and a multitalented coordinator who manages a nationally known live musuic club.Nose is extremely knowledgeable about the Sect Shinto (Folk Shito) that flourished at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and the beginning of the Meiji period (the latter part of the nineteenth century). He seems the hidden god, Umashi-ashi-kabi-hiko-ji no Kami, as the potential energy of the universe. There are three forces that derive from this energy,"gyoushu rado shinriki" (cohesive swirling divine force),"konko rado shinriki" (mixing and swirling divine force), and "hasshin rado shinriki" (radiating swirling divine force), These forces, of cohesion, mixing, and radiation, are the fundmental hidden powers of the universe. Nose likens them to the three divine implements, the Yasakani no magatama(jewel), Kusanagi no tsurugi (sword), and Yata no kagami (mirror). These idears were taken from the Kojiki Taiko (Great Exposition of the Kojiki) by Kiyoshi Mizutani, disciple of Masumi Oishigori, a Sect Shito scholar of the Meiji period. They are cosidered to be the forces of the early stages of physical creation of the universe, the forces involved in the turning of the pillar of heaven in the creation of Japan by Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto. In Nose's work the fearsome power of nuclear fission is seen as an evil use of these three creative powers . It takes the form of a talisman designed to stop these evil forces.

*Seigo Matsuoka is Director of the Editional Engineering Study Center. During his twenties, he published the magazine Yu, which had a great influence on the field of art, philosophy, media and design in Japan.

Kurashiki City Art Museum "Spectacle Iseo Nose 1968-2004"



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