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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.

Yoshiko Sugimoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
Father desperately looked for my little sister. Afterward, giving up hope of finding her alive, he began taking candles and incense sticks, but he never had a chance to use them. He never found any of my sister's belongings.
Ichiji Sugawara (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.3 km from the hypocenter
I just happened to be between barracks at the time, and thus while my eyes were affected by the Atomic-bomb rays; I was at least spared from suffering burns.
Hiroshi Makino (male)
'Chokubaku'  5 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
"I saw a train sitting wrecked…it had nothing left except the wheels, with pieces of skeletal remains here and there."
Masami Onuka (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 23 years old at the time
Suddenly, a fierce yellow light flashed before my eyes and a tremendous sound resonated in my guts.
Yukie Matsumoto (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
After being separated from her mother, the little girl was alone. Drifting in and out of consciousness, she begged me to sing a song for her. "What kind of song?" I asked.
Hisako Okuda (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 24 years old at the time
Even though the Atomic-bomb has inspired written works, poetry, visual art and films, it's far from what I felt as a victim of the A-bombing.
Nobuhiko Kodaira (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 26 years old at the time
I managed to evade the radiation disease because the black rain had shifted to the north.
Yuji Egusa (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
I am sure the radiation that still exists within my body killed my son.
Yoshio Kawada (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.5 km from the hypocenter / 24 years old at the time
The terrible thought that everything on the ground would be burned made me shiver with fear and I couldn't move at all. The sky became dark and the sunlight was cut off, so it seemed night came.
Wataru Ishikawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  / 22 years old at the time
I saw a huge thermal flash and lightning outside the window of my room and the tremendous heat and bomb blast that followed brought unbearable pain to my nose and throat.