Shinpei Takeda

Based in Tijuana, Mexico, Shinpei Takeda produces photographs, art installations, public art, and documentary films as a part of his investigations on memory. Since 2005, he has documented the atomic bomb survivors living in North and South Americas, and directed a documentary feature film Hiroshima Nagasaki Download (2010). He has also produced a multilingual website in collaboration with the United Nations Disarmament Affairs Office (2012), and a series of multi-media installations called Alpha Decay (2010-2013). In 2001, he has founded The AjA Project, an art nonprofit based in San Diego, USA and currently serves as an art director. He completed his B.S. from Duke University and M.A. from University of San Diego. His official website:

Updated December 2014

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Excerpt from Hiroshima Nagasaki Beyond The Ocean - Part 2

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4. Survivor's Destinations—South America


A country of striking red soil, Paraguay has rich, expansive fields that seem to reach the horizon. Bordering with Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia, Paraguay also houses several Japanese colonias.

The La Paz resettlement in the Fram district is one of the newer Japanese colonias in South America. Like San Juan in Bolivia, the earliest Japanese immigrants arrived there in the 1950s. As elsewhere in South America, those who came to this small landlocked country—Paraguay’s population is 6.6 million—opened up primitive forests in order to create farmland. Not knowing the local languages, …

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Excerpt from Hiroshima Nagasaki Beyond The Ocean - Part 1

1. Atomic Bomb Survivors in the Americas

What comes to mind when you see or hear the phrase “survivors of the bomb in North and South America”? What images, stories, and emotions do these words bring? For some, the words “bomb in America” might suggest the drug war in Mexico or the terrorist attacks in the United States. Those who immediately equate the term “the bomb” with the nuclear destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki might feel equally puzzled by the phrase because these cities are not in the Americas. To many
of us, these Japanese cities, which suffered the first …

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