Hibakusha Stories

Hibakusha Stories is an initiative of Youth Arts New York in partnership with Peace Boat, the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and New York Theatre Workshop. The Project provides the opportunity for New York City high school students to hear eyewitness accounts of one of the most significant events in human history— the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August of 1945. The survivors are called hibakusha.

Students who participate in Hibakusha Stories will become direct lineage carriers of one of the most important stories of the twentieth century. The hibakusha, as their elders, have given them the gift of guardianship of this story. We have entrusted them with a remembrance responsibility to pass on the story of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to their children and their grandchildren.

Oral tradition has been the way that the wisdom of the elders has been passed to the next generation since the dawn of time. Long after digital information storage has been lost, oral tradition will remain.

The work of our participating teachers and the Hibakusha Stories website is to provide students with the tools they will need to co-create a peaceful and sustainable future.

The Hibakusha Stories website has seen a worldwide audience over the last 8+ years, and has been lauded for its in-depth articles and exhaustive educational resources for many audiences.

NOTE: In an extraordinary turn of events, on July 7 more than 120 nations signed a 10-page strongly-worded Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the mission and goal of the UN since it’s inception some 70+ years ago. The Hibakusha Stories team (and thousands of other organizations and people worldwide) played no small part in this historic event.

About the Hibakusha Stories Site:

 After a year-long upgrade the new and improved Hibakusha Stories website debuted in early June, 2017, under the supervision of Webworks to upgrade to a new WordPress Avada theme codebase.  Since its inception in 2009 the school programs have expanded and grown tremendously, and so has the site. In the last website upgrade the content nearly doubled, and now includes many hundreds of new images from the programs in sophisticated image galleries. As complex as the content has become, much emphasis has been placed on easy navigation, the ability to search its extensive content.

Robert Coonquist


Webworks did a fantastic job of creating the Hibakusha Stories and Youth Arts New york web sites, and does a fantastic job of updating it. We give them the basics and they deliver with style and panache. Webworks is responsive and creative, and turnaround time is quick. We love Webworks.
— Robert Croonquist, Hibakusha Stories Founder