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Messages from Hiroshima

'Nyushi hibaku' means that the person was exposed to radiation because he/she entered within 2 kilometers of the hypocenter for rescue activities, relative search, etc. within 2 weeks.

Junko Nonaka (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 7 years old at the time
The white flash of light came when I was playing hide-and-seek. I was surprised that the light illuminated everything under the floorboard.
Sadao Sasakura (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
Our last mission was to recover bodies from the river and it was difficult. They had doubled in weight because they had decomposed.
Tsune Nakagawa (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 16 years old at the time
Since medicine was unavailable, although I was nursing the victims, all I could do was apply sesame oil on their burns with a calligraphy-brush.
Toshiyuki Mimaki (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 3 years old at the time
Around Showa 22, a streetcar lay on its side. Two years had passed since the A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, but the streetcar remained.
Shunso Fujioka (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 17 years old at the time
I saw the pale flames rise up here and there from the cremation sites on the dark burnt fields, and...I had to slap myself a few times to make myself believe it was really happening.
Nobuaki Kubota (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 18 years old at the time
In the river, there were corpses floating on the surface as the river flowed. The upper bodies were exposed from the river's surface and skeletonized half way through, but the lower bodies' flesh still remained and wobbled underneath the water along with the stream.
Katsuyoshi Manako (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 25 years old at the time
As far as the eye could see, Hiroshima was just a wide stretch of burned ruins. On my way to the destination, I saw an innumerable number of bodies lying about.
Tamiko Abe (female)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 13 years old at the time
My father's flesh went bad gradually while a ball of maggots had invaded a baseball-sized hole in his head and one centimeter holes in both of his limbs.
Ryoji Matsuoka (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 27 years old at the time
"Give me water, please", asked the thirsty A-bomb victim who managed to raise a final desperate scream.
Yasuyuki Nakanishi (male)
'Nyushi hibaku'  / 15 years old at the time
My mother recognized me when I finally found her in the hospital, but she was too frail to speak.