On this day, 66 years ago, on March 1, 1954, the Japanese fishing boat the Lucky Dragon No. 5 (第五福龍丸) along with her crew experienced the terror and radiation of the Castle Bravo H-bomb tested by the United States in the Bikini Atoll. This tragedy birthed Godzilla in the mind of Toho Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka as he returned to Japan from Jakarta. The Lucky Dragon and its “dragon” call the world to unite against nuclear proliferation.
Last summer, I had the honor of visiting the Lucky Dragon long retired at the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Tokyo. There the harrowing story of her crew is retold for future generations. Below are photos from my time there.