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Messages from Nagasaki

Japanese version

Makoto Yoshishige (male)
'Chokubaku'  4.6 km from the hypocenter / 1 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.
I was a one-year-old toddler at the time of the atomic bombing, and so my experience is nothing more than what was told to me by my parents. Still, I feel the responsibility and the obligation to convey this experience to later generations. I experienced the A-bomb as my mother carried me on her back. What follows below is a summary of what my mother told me.

Her back was burning hot, but she was relieved to find that I was okay. When she returned home, all the windows had shattered completely. One after another, people came fleeing barefoot, their skin melted together with their clothes. They could barely whimper, "It's hot. Give me water. Help me!" They had run away from Urakami. When she gave them a cup of water and watched them as they enjoyed a mouthful, then saw them die, she became terrified wondering what had happened, and her body would not stop shaking.

My father was working for a food distribution group near Nagasaki Station. He heard that a huge bomb had been dropped on Urakami and went to take a look. A horse drawing a carriage had fallen and was kicking its legs as it suffered in great pain. Floating in the river were many people, some of whom might still have been alive. After a while, black rain fell and they were swept out to sea. He shed tears of frustration, wanting to help but not knowing what to do. My father had been a high-ranking local sumo wrestler and was a fencing teacher, but even he felt so overwhelmed by the horror that he could not control himself. (2005)