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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Yukiko Kobayashi (female)
'Chokubaku'  1.6 km from the hypocenter / 7 years old at the time / current resident of Tokyo
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Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
Message:
I would like to suggest creating new national holidays on August 6 and August 9.
(It would be nice to have holidays to wish for peace.)
Nowadays, a majority of Japanese people have no memory of war, and the atomic bombings are just remote events in history for them. However, for us A-bomb survivors, it's as though time stopped on that day.

Although memorial services have been held every year on the anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, I feel that only some people really care about them.
The elimination of nuclear weapons has now become a worldwide issue, but Japan is the only country on earth that has experienced atomic bombings. While much has been said about the horrors of nuclear weapons, only the bomb survivors know the real threat.
The devastation caused by the atomic bombs is beyond words, and even pictures can't convey it fully.
I wish we could pass on to future generations an anniversary that expresses our wish for a world without war and for true peace.
(2010)

P.S.
An A-bomb panel exhibition was held in Komae last year and my memoirs were exhibited there. I am enclosing them just for reference. I looked around and realized that my generation might be the last witnesses of the bombings. There are many stories that I still haven't written. At the urging of those around me, I am thinking about writing them all while I am still well.
(2010)