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Messages from Hiroshima

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Saburo Fujii (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 5 years old at the time
A skull that was said to be my mother's, was much smaller than I had imagined. I thought, however, that it was larger than that of my younger sister. As I picked up their skulls I thought about their respective sizes.
Yoko Kawamoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
When I was in the first year at my middle school, the entire "West" class in the second year except for one died on August 6, the day when the atom bomb hit Hiroshima. The only one who survived later died of stomach cancer.
Noriko Sato (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
I'm afraid there seem to be a great many countries whose people don't know about the A-bomb. It is my fervent hope that it will be known throughout the world.
Hirokuni Takashima (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
The moment I realized that I was still alive, I told myself "I have to live through this." An intense desire to "live" and an eagerness to survive took over me.
Yukio Yoshioka (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The sub-leader of the class and I played rock-paper-scissors to decide which group would demolish buildings on what day. It ended up that my group would go on August 5 and the sub leader's team would go on August 6. They were all killed.
Hayato Yamaguchi (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
"What does my face look like?", asked a girl whose forehead was split open.
Chisako Hori (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.6 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
Suddenly there was an enormous blunt force: a blow like being smashed with a huge sledgehammer. The next thing I knew, I was squatting down in the ruins of the building.
Anonymous (female)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
No one responded to the voices that were begging to be saved, even though the person who was crushed under the house could hear footsteps of someone running away outside.
Toshimi Nakano (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
I received emergency treatment for the 12 centimeter wound on my head. At midnight, the air raid alert kept going on and off, so I went in and out of the bomb shelter that housed hundreds of other injured people.
Kousaku Tanaka (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 9 years old at the time
My little brother, who was then age five, was badly burned and covered from head to toe with blisters. He died crying, "Bubu, bubu (water, give me water)."