Vietnam photo exhibition captures Japan's postwar metamorphosis

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A woman carries a baby on her back in an area devasted during the World War II in Tokyo, 1947. The photo was taken by Tadahiko Hayashi.

An exhibition of black and white photographs focusing on the drastic transformation of Japan after World War II is being organized in three major cities of Vietnam from now till December.

The "Metamorphosis of Japan after the War: 1945-1964" opened in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday as its premiere in South East and South Asia, according to a press release issued by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Organized by the foundation in cooperation with Consulate General of Japan in HCMC, the exhibition will remain open till October 29 before heading to Hanoi (November 20-29) and the central city of Da Nang (December 13-22).

The display of 123 works by 11 renowned Japanese photographers aims to provide a "retrospective view" of Japan between 1945 and 1964 when the country picked up itself from the defeat and devastation of the war, the press release said.

For about 20 years, Japanese society, economy and culture underwent "dramatic transformations", which led to advanced technological achievements like the Shinkansen bullet trains and very high living standards for the population.

The transformations have been recorded by the photographers who were active during the post-war period.

Admission is free. Exhibition venues are:

Ho Chi MInh City Museum 92 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, HCMC

Ngo Quyen Exhibition Hall 16 Ngo Quyen, Hanoi

Da Nang Heritage Management Center 78 Le Duan, Da Nang

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