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The Atomic Bombings of Japan: External Resource List

Subject: History / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 2 / Key Stage 3 / GCSE+
Age: 7-11 years / 11-15 years / 15+ years
Resource Type: Videos / Other

The 6 and 9 August 2020 marked 75 years since atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following list is intended to help educators find resources to teach young people about the bombings and their impact. They may not be suitable for all, so please review the materials carefully and use your discretion.

Please note: Inclusion on this list does not imply recommendation by the Japan Society.

Online Resources



Webpages and Teaching Packs



Other Resources


Survivor Testimonies 
  • Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata. An animation following Seita, a teenage boy, and his younger sister Setsuko in the aftermath of the war. 

  • Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpugo (1999) Publisher: Egmont

  • On the Horizon by Lois Lowry (2020) Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt USA

  • The Last Paper Crane by Kerry Drewery, illustrated by Natsuko Seki (2020) Publisher: Hot Key Books

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