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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.

Mitsuko Masuno (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
When I was about to give up, I came across my father. He didn't recognize me.
Katsuo Kawai (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
The beautiful pink muscle of my left hand was split wide open, and below it was a bone which, even in the dark of the night, shone vividly white.
Keiji Mitsumoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 26 years old at the time
Voices came from every direction, crying, "Help!" Parents calling for their children, children calling for their parents... back and forth came cries of unimaginable grief.
Satomi Maeda (female)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
Then, with a large crashing sound, the ceiling fell down, and I was buried under the building. I couldn't make a single move and I struggled.
Masaaki Taguchi (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
A boy about four years old had his hand bandaged and hanging in a sling. I removed his bloodstained bandage and checked his hand. Without thinking I let out a gasp. There was nothing there. His hand had been severed at the wrist.
Kiyoshi Katahara (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.2 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
The temple where my little sister was studying became a sea of flames. Pulling my mother's hand, I ran away without being able to save my sister.
Makoto Santo (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 24 years old at the time
Extremely miserable appearances of people whose human dignity had been completely denied, even though it was a scene in wartime.
Norio Marumoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
I was exposed to the nuclear weapon, but it was just a "trial model."That is why I am still alive today even though I was exposed to the A-bomb only 2 kilometers [about 1.2 miles] away from the hypocenter.
Kuniyoshi Aikawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
We found her having been burned alive in the lingering fire, and apologized to her for not having helped.
Nobuyuki Teshima (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
My back was burned and I was barely clothed. The back of my head was hurting, so I touched the area and noticed that I had no hair. It had all been burned off.