Godzilla as the Bridge: The Destruction of Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima


  • John Schneiderwind Southern Arkansas University, USA


After the Triple Disasters of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi on March 11, 2011, visual artists around the world repurposed the image of Godzilla to represent the Japanese urban destruction, creating a visual bridge between that day and the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

Author Biography

John Schneiderwind, Southern Arkansas University, USA

A graduate from the University of Kansas, John Schneiderwind is Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Southern Arkansas University. Dr. Schneiderwind’s expertise is in the history of modern Japan and, in addition to world and Asian surveys, he has taught topical courses on Japanese imperialism and war memory, Japanese film, and the mythos and legacy of the samurai as a visiting professor at UCA. His research interests include sex and gender, popular culture, and transnational war memory.

Meme of Godzilla at Fukushima