【国際交流】Eagle's Flight Studio documentary interview at NWU|Wesleyan World|現代社会学部・外国語学科|学部・学科

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【国際交流】Eagle's Flight Studio documentary interview at NWU

2018年10月10日 (水曜日) 09:30 | 投稿者:【nwuadmin

 On September 28th 2018, Mr. Daniel Kennedy, producer and director of Eagle’s Flight Studio visited Nagasaki Wesleyan University as part of his documentary tour of Japan. Mr. Kennedy, also an ordained Methodist minister of Wesleyan, conducted interviews with atomic bomb survivor and Chinzei alumni Mr. Tsugiya Nishi, the President of the Chinzei Academy Mr. Hideo Kuribayashi, as well as NWU Department of Foreign Languages instructor Mr. Lee Flake. Mr. Nishi, having been born in March of 1931, witnessed the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as a Chinzei Junior High School. Mr. Nishi shared about his life before and after the bombing as well as his motivation to start life again after the tremendous loss he experienced. Mr. Kuribayashi explained about the vision Dr. Long had when he began the Chinzei Academy in Nagasaki and how Methodist clergyman Dr. Chiba endeavored to rebuild the academy in Isahaya city after the academy, only 500 meters from the hypocenter, was destroyed in the bombing of Nagasaki. Mr. Kuribayashi further explained the correlation of NWU and the history of the Chinzei Academy and the human spirit and motivation needed for rebuilding as well as the future vision of NWU. Mr. Flake explained the reason why Nagasaki was important for the history of Japan by reiterating the history of Dejima during Japan’s period of isolation. Mr. Flake explained how after the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th 1945, Nagasaki was selected as an alternative target after the pilots were blinded by smoke over Kokura due to the bombing of the Yahata Steelworks two days earlier. The Ohashi Arms Factory and shipbuilding through Mitsubishi Steelworks made Nagasaki a military target, but it was not the original target on August 9th. When the atomic bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, the city was caught off guard as the air raid sirens ended and warnings were lifted when the atomic bomb was detonated at 11:02 am on August 9th 1945. Mr. Flake shared the story of Sadako Sasaki and how folding paper cranes in commemoration of the bombing is a tradition honored throughout Japan. Mr. Kennedy and his crew toured the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Memorial Museum on September 29th before leaving to Kyoto on the next step of their documentary tour. We would like to thank Mr. Kennedy and his talented staff for their interest in the history of NWU and the Chinzei Academy and hope that they had many good memories of their time in Nagasaki. Please visit NWU again soon!

Eagle’s Flight Studio, LLC from San Diego, CA USA
Director: Daniel Kennedy
Art Director: Marcela Contreras
Director of Photography: Francesco Principini
Still Photographer: Sandra Contreras
Field Sound Engineer: Alessio Constantino
Field Producer: Michiko Zentoh

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