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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.

Sachie Murakami (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
I was blown away along with the tatami floor mats while I was writing a letter to my father.
Koji Imada (male)
'Chokubaku'  6 km from the hypocenter / 13 years old at the time
A half-naked soldier, suffering with heavy burns, mottled in red, reddish purple and black, was plodding limply, wearing a torn and blotted Rising Sun flag.
Mikiko Kagawa (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
How often I wished I was crushed to death on that day instead of having to suffer so much pain
Ryukei Omoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.5 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
A severely injured first year middle school student saluted us- the third year students and reported to us. It was unbearable to see his miserably injured condition.
Shouso Hirose (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
Many people were squatting down on both sides of the road as if they could no longer move. The black rain started coming down, and my white shirt quickly turned inky black from the raindrops.
Sumie Noguchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The clothes stand, bucket, brooms... everything was whirled up in the air, until I realized that they had been thrown down in a corner of our garden four or five meters [about 13.1 to 16.4 feet] away.
Nori Tohei (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
When I entered Hiroshima city, crossing from the Miyuki-bridge, I saw stone railings ofthe bridge had fallen down to the southern side, one side of it soaked in the water. Iwas stunned by an enormous force of the A-bomb.
Noritami Inoue (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.6 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
It Was Truly a Living Hell. We Were the Only Ones Still Unharmed, But Could Do Nothing to Help.
Yoshiko Kamikawa (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
In the pitch dark, it felt like I lost possession of my eyes and ears. I was drawn into a world without sound!
Harumi Sakatoku (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.2 km from the hypocenter / 23 years old at the time
The feeling I had when my sister and I cremated the remains of my mother will remain in my memory for life.