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Messages from Hiroshima

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Tsumoru Momikura (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo
1143

The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages. My memory of the tremendous flash and sound.

I was four years old on August 6, 1945. I lived in Nagatsuka 3-chome, Asaminami-ku, Hiroshima. During the war neither nurseries nor kindergartens were in session, so I was home. At 8:15am, the moment of that tremendous flash and sound from the atomic bomb, I was playing with Nishimoto Mikiko, who was my age and lived across the street from me. I think we were sitting next to each other on the street, in the shadow below the bay window of her house.

Suddenly, in the moment that the flash came, everything was covered in a blinding flash of light. Then came a tremendous boom, as if from nearby thunder, and the house shuddered from the shock. The blast made roof tiles fall, the windows shatter, and the earthen walls collapse. This extraordinary event shocked me, and I ran home. There my oldest brother, Yoshimasa (a fifth grader), had been sleeping. The ceilings were all sagging down, and all the tatami mats were covered in broken glass, window frames, and wall materials, leaving us no place to walk. My brother carried me and we took refuge between the mattresses in the closet, and we waited. From morning until past midnight, we and our neighbors watched a hellish parade of bomb victims and burn victims passing by. It was such a shame that I, being just four at the time, couldn't do anything for them. And that memory still remains with me, fresh in my mind.
(2005)

Nuclear weapons must be abolished. I resolutely oppose war. Let's all think and act seriously to bring about world peace.
(2010)