On 2 May 1951, Prof. Dr Takashi Paulo Nagai, a radiologist who survived the detonation of Fatman, the second atomic bomb over Japan, wounded on 9 August 1945, died in the shelter of his X-ray room at Nagasaki Medical University. His wife Midori, who came from a Christian family and led him to Christianity, was incinerated along with another 40,000 Nagasaki residents. Takashi survives the atomic bombing. Despite progressive radiation sickness, which soon confines him to bed, his zest for life is unbroken. He writes scientific and autobiographical books and works tirelessly for reconciliation, peace and reconstruction. He has inspired new courage in many people. He is a decisive bearer of hope in his environment and far beyond Japan.
In his last years, which he could only spend lying down because of the outbreak of leukaemia, he received daily visits from Japan and the world. Shortly before his death, in May 1949, the Japanese Emperor visited him and thanked him for what he had done for the country. "Let there be peace" (calligraphy in the flyer) a demand with which the exhibition also hits the current situation in the world. Perhaps it is also a topic you would like to address in your student circle.
The exhibition shows the life of Takashi and Midori Nagai on 47 graphically very appealing panels and also pays tribute to the history of Christianity in Japan as well as the Shinto and Buddhist spirituality there.
The exhibition is open from 03.03. to 26.03.2023 and takes place in the Kulturmodell of the city of Passau, Bräugasse 9, 94032 Passau; admission free; opening hours from Wednesday to Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm.
In addition to the normal opening hours, DJG offers guided tours on the following dates:
- Thursday, 09.03.2023 2:45 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- Saturday, 11.03.2023, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Sunday, 12.02.2023, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.