Myth of Tomorrow in Tokyo, Japan

This eye-catching mural depicts the tragic explosion of an atomic bomb. In the center, a skeleton erupts into flames, trailed by a train of ghosts and others humans running from the fire. The artwork’s history is just as captivating as the images it portrays.

Japanese artist Tarō Okamoto started this work in 1967, when he was asked to paint a mural for a new hotel in Mexico City. He completed the giant mural in September 1969, but the finished work was never on display—his client had...

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