JAPANESE

The text area starts here.

  • Before reading this site

Messages from Hiroshima

'Chokubaku' means that the person was exposed to the A-bomb directly in Hiroshima or Nagasaki when the bomb was dropped.

Etsuko Yamauchi (female)
'Chokubaku'  2.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
We dug a hole and cremated my father with the debris from our badly damaged house. I could not bear to see my father enveloped in roaring flames.
Miwako Kanbe (female)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time
I told my classmates about how the atomic bomb was such a terrible weapon. After about two or three days, they called me Mrs. Atomic Bomb and Miss Flash, and I became unpopular because they said I would infect them.
Youko Yakushiji (female)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 18 years old at the time
I saw many maggots crawling out from people's wounds. The people seemed to be in a stupor not even trying to remove the maggots, leaving their wounds maggot-infested.
Anonymous (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
I could see four suspender buttons from a pair of trousers, and in between them what appeared to be a mass of crumbled human bone. Apparently someone had burned to death stuck in an upright position between the pillars.
Motohiko Hatano (male)
'Chokubaku'  8 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
For how many years did I pull my hair? How many times did I dream, "My hair has also come out, maybe I have only a week to live!"?
Yoshimichi Kobara (male)
'Chokubaku'  3 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
In the military hospital, skeletonized bodies were lined up on scorched beds and charred bodies were piled up like logs alongside the roads.
Minoru Okada (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.1 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
A gigantic pillar of smoke rose toward the sky. Unlike ordinary smoke, it looked like a cloud gleaming in all colors of the rainbow. It quitely become dark all around.
Hiroyuki Suzuki (male)
'Chokubaku'  / 20 years old at the time
We called it the perori-dan or perori bomb since just one drop of it would instantly and simultaneously devastate everything ― in a way that could be described as "perori" in Japanese. Also, the skin of the victims with flash burns would instantly and extensively peel off, so perori could again be used to describe what had happened.
Hideaki Watanabe (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 20 years old at the time
An image remains of the window flashing and of hearing the dod-don sound of the explosion as I went unconscious
I.N (male)
'Chokubaku'  4 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
I saw everywhere across the whole city, blue phosphorus light drifting up from the bones in the fires which were burning those who were trapped under houses.