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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Isao Yoshida (male)
'Chokubaku'  3.9 km from the hypocenter / 4 years old at the time / current resident of Nagasaki
6024

Photographer: Eiichi Matsumoto.
The scenes of the A-bombed city are introduced here. The photographs are not directly connected with the messages.
1. At the time it happened I was watching my grandmother wash laundry at the common use well next to our house. Suddenly, she shouted to me, "Enemy planes are approaching, you've got to get inside!" I went into the house through the back door and my grandmother came in carrying her washing.
Just then, though I didn't see a flash, everything outside became incredibly bright. I froze in place, wondering what had just happened. I don't know how much time passed, but then Grandmother said we must go to the air raid shelter and we went out of the front door.

When we went outside, the light seemed dim, as in the evening, though it was daytime. A cloud from the atomic bomb had spread over the city.
On the way to the air raid shelter, part of a tin roof left dangling from the bomb blast fell directly onto me and gave me a cut, 1.5 centimeters in length, on the left side of my mouth. My lip still bears the scar.
Some time after we arrived at the air raid shelter a man came in with severe burns, the upper half of his body naked and plastered with cucumber slices. At that time cucumbers were often used as a first-aid treatment for burns. I wonder what became of him after that. I think he must have passed away.

2. I plan to participate again this year in the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) conference as an observer. On this 65th anniversary of the atomic bomb, I hope we can make great strides internationally towards the abolishment of nuclear weapons.
(2010)