Two College Girls Apologize for Dancing Near the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome

August 27, 2008

Japan considers its inconsistent political correctness when two young girls do one of those Akihabara type idol dances in a park in Hiroshima were forced to apologize. People complained in comments on their Nikoniko Doga page as well as on the source You Tube page. Although it’s true that you can see their panties on a couple of turns in the dance, it’s no different from a cheerleading routine. At the end they put up some pictures of their vacation in Hiroshima and pics of Miyajima.

People complained because the Genbaku Dome (the Atomic Bomb Dome) can be seen in the background… but if you watch the video you can see that they’re in a park some distance away.

Keep in mind this is a country in which any school or public dance recital will feature kids dancing in blackface or with afro wigs on. Remember the news of outcries against the showing of an atomic explosion at the beginning of the new Indian Jones movie? Balance that with a government that regularly visits the temple (Yasukuni Shrine) in which convicted WWII war criminals are honored and then ignores the protests of its neighbors (Korea, North Korea, China), not to mention the depiction of WWII era Okinawa in textbooks and protests by its own citizens.

I believe that the Genbaku Dome is an important place (World Heritage Site), but I don’t think these girls did anything disrespectful.

Here’s the video, feel free not to watch if you will be shocked… it’s actually pretty tame and ends with a series of very college-girl like vacation photos of Hiroshima.


1 Dave December 11, 2008 at 3:54 am

I remember reading about this back in August and the huge furore it caused. I thought then as I think now “Why all the fuss?” Now I know Japan is sensitive about the events in Hiroshima & Nagasaki in August 1945, but this is just taking things to extremes. It’s not as if they were next to the shrines or memorials dancing and joking about what had happened.

Wouldn’t be surprised if a law was implemented that said there should be no smiling within 1km of the dome

2 jay December 11, 2008 at 5:38 am

I don’t even think these girls did this intentionally… I just think they wanted to do their dance and found a convenient place. The only victim here is the art of the dance.