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Messages from Nagasaki

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

Akira Takaira (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
Someone called me, and then, he held me in his arms.Recovering consciousness, I heard the wind roaring through the rubble.
Fusae Mori (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.8 km from the hypocenter / 12 years old at the time
I saw people who had lost their breasts, and whose backs were burned black. Yet I did not feel anything I did not even feel fear.
Shizue Tonegawa (female)
'Chokubaku'  0.7 km from the hypocenter / 19 years old at the time
I ran to the Sakamoto International Cemetery through the stench of scorched dead bodies.
Raisetsu Tobinaga (male)
'Chokubaku'  1 km from the hypocenter / 18 years old at the time
The blood in my urine dyed the white toilet bowl red. "I am the next one." I stared at the blood with a sense of despair.
Naoto Kakimoto (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.3 km from the hypocenter / 15 years old at the time
My Family Consisted of Four Members, My Parents, Elder Sister and Myself, But I Was the Only Survivor.
Mitsue Kubo (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.4 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
Pinned by Debris and Shouting 'I Can't Die Here! I Want to Live!'
Masami Kamito (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.9 km from the hypocenter / 14 years old at the time
That night I picked up a pumpkin, boiled it in dirty well water and ate it. I gathered broom grass from the field and spent the night lying on it.
Mitsuko Yoshimura (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.1 km from the hypocenter
A young girl kept crying day and night, pleading to die and to have someone end her life, in pain from her burns. Her eyes, nose, and mouth were melted shut from her burns so that she seemed to breathe with only her ears. She finally died.
Yoshiyuki Toyota (male)
'Chokubaku'  1.3 km from the hypocenter / 17 years old at the time
The nurse explained to me, "They are all on the truck parked outside. Everyone but you died once their lips were moistened for the last time. You have miraculously escaped death. I am happy to see you alive."
Kazue Inoue (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.5 km from the hypocenter / 16 years old at the time
I burned the bodies of my parents, brother and sister. I had a hard time burning their bodies with pieces of wood. I could only pick up a few pieces of their bones and buried the rest.