Popular Protest in Post War Japan: The Antiwar Art of Shikoku Gorō

Legacies of Atom Bomb Poetry & Our Poems Circle

Although the Our Poems group disbanded in the mid-1950s, the group and its publications had a long lasting effect on Hiroshima literary and civic culture. Shikoku Gorō drew on the ideals and methods of the circle for more than 40 years. To the right, his sketch of a kamishibai version of The Angry Jizo told to a huge group of protesters in Hiroshima’s Peace Park in 1972. Determined to keep the inspirational model of idealism and dissent, subsequent generations have produced plays, poetry readings, and produced a monument engraved with Tōge’s poetry.

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