A new 3-dimensional imaging display system developed by Takashi Fujiki, professor of technological education at Nagasaki University, allows viewers to see the stark devastation that was Nagasaki right after the 1945 atomic bombing. Professor Fujiki calls it Virtual Genshiya (“Virtual atomic wasteland”), and it uses computer-generated graphics to give its viewers a panoramic view of the 500-meter radius around ground zero just after the blast.
This unique and history-inspired technology is on display at the Art and Tech Exhibition Lab Sosokan, a techno-art gallery that debuted on the Nagasaki University campus on March 3. The 3D imagery of Nagasaki after the bombing was created using authentic images taken a year after August 9, 1945, the day the “Fat Man” bomb was dropped. Viewers of this new image system can wear 3D glasses to see the aftermath of the bomb on three 24-inch 3D TV sets. With a video-game controller, viewers can also “roam around” the city, seeing the images and experiencing what the survivors had seen walking through the ruins of the city.
Fujiki hopes to improve his historical education technology to learn more about the people’s reactions to Virtual Genshiya by using tour data on their smartphones. “It will connect the nuclear-destroyed city’s past with the present,” said Fujiki. What is on display right now is already an improved version of Fujiki’s earlier 3D system announced at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims in February 2013. The older system is also set to be installed at the art gallery using three 47-inch 3D TV sets. Fujiki said that the older system can be used for peace education starting from April, targeting students who visit Nagasaki on school trips.