Film “Pikadon” (1978)

Decades ago, as a teenager, I watched a short animation film on TV featuring the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima.

An image of “the hand” has stayed in my head ever since.

Thanks to the internet, I found out what it was – a short film made in 1978.

(Warning: Contains graphic images of people’s horrendous suffering)



Years ago I visited the website of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  When I read about Shin’s Tricycle, I felt compelled to write what was in my mind and posted a letter to the local newspaper.  When it was published, I was over the moon.

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If you are interested in knowing more about the A-bomb, I believe the VIRTUAL MUSEUM is very useful.

Personally I do not think President Obama needed to apologise.  He wasn’t even born when it happened!

To me the greatest pity was that the bomb fell on and killed the good and innocent civilians of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, instead of those who were leading Japan then – who would not surrender and urged the nation to keep fighting to the last man standing, or kill themselves to avoid being captured.

Another film that impressed me was:



This film was directed by Shohei Imamura who directed The Ballad of Narayama.


If interested, you can watch it here on YouTube with English subtitles.


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