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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.

Kenichi Matsuzawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.1 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
Their hair stood on end, and their faces were burnt completely black except for their glaring eyes and white teeth, which stood out eerily.
Satoru Konishi (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
When I heard a cry of "Give me water!," I looked and found a man whose face was like a cake of tofu, his eyes, nose, and mouth boiled beyond recognition.
Chieko Taniguchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.7 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
The Railroad bridge was only laid with ties. Holding onto the line, I crept along it crying.
Morio Iwata (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 11 years old at the time
Isn't it our responsibility as A-bomb survivors, to put confidence in the younger generation and tell them about our experience and entrust our thoughts and wishes to them?
Kiyoshi Kagawa (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
Glass fragments got into people's joints even when they were inside, and people who were outside had burns on their faces, arms, and legs. It was horrible.
Anonymous (male)
'Chokubaku'  5.5 km from the hypocenter / 10 years old at the time
For two years after the war my family lived peacefully and in good health. Before long,however, my younger brother became weaken and passed away. Is it that 'black rain' which finally took his life?
Fusae Nishitomi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.8 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
The only thing more crimson, beautiful and gargantuan than the evening sun as it slips below the horizon was the very first atomic bomb explosion in the world.
Takako Chiba (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 3 years old at the time
Every time any of my three sons fell ill, I blamed myself for having given birth to them as second generation A-bomb victims.
Takao Uematsu (male)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
I came across an old man asking me for water. Pretending not to see him, I went past him to get to my house as soon as possible. He must have died soon afterward.