Photo/IllutrationIn the back row behind the children, from left, Matashichi Oishi, 83, former crew member of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru, Kazuo Oga, art director at Studio Ghibli and actress Sayuri Yoshinaga during an opening ceremony for a special event at the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall in Tokyo’s Koto Ward (Takayuki Kakuno)

Seventy years after its completion, the Daigo Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon No. 5) is still plowing through turbulent waters, remaining a powerful anti-nuclear symbol.

The wooden fishing vessel and its crew were showered with radioactive fallout from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands on March 1, 1954.

On Nov. 5, a ceremony was held at the retired vessel’s exhibition hall in Tokyo for the opening of a special event marking the 70th anniversary of the Lucky Dragon’s completion.

During the event held at the Daigo Fukuryu Maru Exhibition Hall, artworks of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru drawn by Kazuo Oga, 65, an art director at anime production house Studio Ghibli, were shown along with works done by children.

“I would like to get you interested in why the Daigo Fukuryu Maru is here, and what nuclear weapons are like,” Oga said during the ceremony at the facility in the capital’s Koto Ward.

The artist created five works including “Mori no Daigo Fukuryu Maru” (Daigo Fukuryu Maru in a forest). Oga previously worked on the animation of "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen), and cooperated with Sayuri Yoshinaga, a famed actress who has devoted the later part of her career to peace activism, including reading poems about the atomic bombings. These activities inspired Oga to depict peace and the lives of people.

He talked with Matashichi Oishi, 83, who was one of the crew members of the vessel, and visited Yaizu port in Shizuoka Prefecture in which the vessel sailed out of, to create images in his mind for his works.

Yoshinaga and Oishi also attended the ceremony on Nov. 5.

“Let’s move forward through our efforts step by step toward an era when nuclear weapons have disappeared," Yoshinaga said. “It seems that President Trump tweeted ‘Remember Pearl Harbor,’ (on his visit there Nov. 4). Meanwhile, we feel that, ‘Let’s also not forget Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima and the Daigo Fukuryu Maru.’”

In the hydrogen bomb test, 23 crew members aboard the vessel were exposed and one died about six months later. Although the U.S. government has not acknowledged that the test caused the death and affected the health of the Lucky Dragon's crew members, it continued to take data on their health conditions.