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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.

Yasushi Ogasawara (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
Probably because I inhaled the A-bomb gas, I had diarrhea for three weeks continuously after coming home, lost about eight kilograms [17.6 pounds], and had little appetite.
Setsuko Iwamoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.4 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
My right arm, exposed under the short sleeve of my school uniform top, had received rays of the light. Skin dangled from my wrist to my fingertips.
Yoshio Kawamura (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
Hiroshima, a large city of four hundred thousand people and one of the six major cities in Japan, had disappeared from the earth. This is all I can say to express what I saw on that day...
Yoshiko Yamaie (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 11 years old at the time
After visiting the burned ruins of our home countless times, we finally found Mother's gold tooth and a handful of bones.
Seiji Nakashima (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
I didn't know that Hiroshima had been destroyed by the fire until I crawled out from broken pillars and tiles. People with burns were wandering around trying to find a hospital.
Hiroshi Kittaka (male)
'Chokubaku'  2 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
Without understanding what had happened, I found myself being sent to Ninoshima Quarantine Station, where that evening I encountered a scene so ghastly that I couldn't bear to look at it.
Toshio Takashiba (male)
'Chokubaku'  0.7 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
My friend had severe burns on his arms. His watch was seemingly welded into his burned wrist. Its hands had stopped at 8:15.
Yasunori Funasaka (male)
'Chokubaku'  0.8 km from the hypocenter / 21 years old at the time
Here and there I could hear groans and cries for help. The quiet morning had turned into an utter hell.
Yoshiko Hidaka (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.7 km from the hypocenter / 6 years old at the time
It took eleven stitches to sew up the cuts left by the glass shards embedded around my right eye, but my eye itself was unhurt and, thankfully, sixty years later my vision is still unimpaired.
Anonymous (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
A girl was buried alive under the debris, showing only her face and arm. The mother could only watch the girl burned to death in front of her eyes. She finally put her palms together in prayer toward her daughter and fled the place.